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Goodnight, Me

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  158 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Someone's ready for bed, but it's going to take a long, long time to say goodnight!

Echoing the loving goodnight rituals that will be familiar to many a parent and child, Andrew Daddo's gentle text, with softly hued illustrations by Emma Quay, is just the thing for coaxing an active toddler to sleep.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Mar 14, 2012 Sheree rated it really liked it
The last book before bedtime for the last 2 years - thankfully its a perfect bedtime book!
Amy Forrester
Apr 01, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
It’s bedtime and a baby orangutan is settling into bed. Starting with his feet and working his way to his eyes, he says goodnight to each of his body parts until he finally exhausts himself and says, “Goodnight, Me. See you in the morning.”

The illustrations, done in pastels and watercolors, are gentle and help to create a calming atmosphere. The text is concise as the little orangutan settles each body part in for bed, “Legs, get some rest. We’ve got a lot of jumping to do tomorrow.”

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Lynn  Davidson
Oct 21, 2013 Lynn Davidson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This is such a charming story and so beautifully illustrated.

The story is focused around the point-of-view of the main character, a baby orangutan. The little one is convincing his body to calm down for sleep. He names body parts and, mentioning some of what they do in his busy day, he tells them to settle down for the night. Feet, knees, legs, tummy, bottom (“Enough wriggling, bottom. It’s time to be still.”), chest, hands, arms, neck, head, mouth, eyes (“Can you see any dreams yet?”). As his m
Selena Hanet-Hutchins
Nov 15, 2014 Selena Hanet-Hutchins rated it it was amazing
I love the book and have given it as a gift often. If you haven't read or bought it, do.

[in the interests of full disclosure, I have worked with the author and illustrator]
Jun 23, 2015 Naomi rated it liked it
Cute read with exercise to help kids go to bed. I could see parents doing the same exercise with their kids as they prepare for bed.
Jack Kirby and the X-man
Apr 21, 2009 Jack Kirby and the X-man rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jack Kirby and the X-man by: Playgroup
The celebrity children's book should always be approached with caution...

This book attempts to get that active toddler asleep by sequentially saying good night to body parts. The idea is certainly not new, and I'm almost certain there are other books that use the idea. The text in this book is acceptable - not exceptional, not terrible. The use of an orangutan by Emma Quay provides a point of interest.

The quote from the "grateful parent" on the back about how this book solved all their bedtime b
Megan Author
Feb 21, 2016 Megan Author rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A deceively simple book with delightful illustrations to help little ones go to sleep.
This a quiet and very simple book. I liked the choice of an orangutan as the star.
The Library Lady
Apr 02, 2008 The Library Lady rated it did not like it
Another great idea ruined by pictures. In this case they're a small orangutan clad in nothing but an undershirt and sleeping in a basic bed. It's simultaneously too human to be an orangutan, and too much of an orangutan to be a human--the final effect is of an unkempt cave child.
I love the idea of the child saying goodnight to his/her body parts. So next time, could we have a child in the pictures, and if political correctness is needed, perhaps children of both genders and various races?
Shallowreader VaVeros
This books is beautiful. A mother putting her baby monkey to bed by saying goodnight to all parts of his body. This is like one of those relaxation tapes where you relax your shoulders, feel you fingers etc but delivered in lovely prose and illustrator Emma Quay captures the expressions of an over-excited child to one falling asleep with sublime humour.
Ariel Cummins
Mar 06, 2013 Ariel Cummins rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Baby orangutan says goodnight to each of his parts and thanks them for the work they did that day. Sweet and simple.

The illustrations play up the softness of the pencils and watercolors used to make them to give a soothing but playful feel to the book.

Great for bedtime! Or a bedtime themed baby or toddler time.
Would be perfect for a toddler storytime. Too young for the preschool? Then again, I do get young ones at preschool. Cute that the monkey is saying good night to everything about himself, and trying to get himself to be still. The kids might enjoy that. I'll keep it around just in case.
Shanshad Whelan
Oct 24, 2009 Shanshad Whelan rated it liked it
I think the illustrations are adorable--but don't particularly sync with the text in a way that makes this sensational. As some have noted, the text almost needs a human child to really work. The illustrations are awfully cute, though.
Jun 15, 2008 Keren rated it it was amazing
All about a baby orangutan trying to help the different parts of his body to fall asleep, probably the most endearing good night story I've read in a long while. Also, the illustrations are top-notch.
May 29, 2009 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their little ones
This is a nice, soothing book; perfect for bedtime. Each part of the body is acknowledged and relaxed (goes to sleep) until finally the little orangutan drifts off to sleep herself.
Feb 03, 2011 Jj rated it liked it
By Andrew DADDO? Wait. THAT Andrew Daddo? It can't be! But IT IS!!! He has written a sweet bedtime book that would make a useful addition to a sleepytime storytime.
Jun 20, 2011 Paula rated it really liked it
the little monkey is saying goodnight to all its body parts and telling them to go to sleep. the kids could say goodnight to their own body.
May 29, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
A fun book that would be beneficial for any child who needs to learn to settle themselves down and go to sleep.
Recommended: birth to 5

Someone’s ready for bed, but it’s going to take a long, long time to say goodnight!
Dec 30, 2012 Gervy rated it really liked it
Like a bedtime meditation for toddlers, saying goodnight to each body part. Quite soothing and calming.
Casuarina Pearson
May 05, 2013 Casuarina Pearson rated it it was amazing
I love this book, it's such a natural piece of text, and the illustrations are too cute!
Nov 21, 2011 Brandielle rated it really liked it
The art and story were simple and sweet. Definitely a great bedtime read.
Feb 19, 2008 Tricia rated it it was ok
orangutan says goodnight to all his body parts. may be good for toddlers.
Corrie Fisher
Nov 21, 2007 Corrie Fisher rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Robin, Chris, Nancy
Shelves: children-s-books
Perhaps it's the illustrations, but I just love this sweet goodnight story.
Jan 21, 2009 Richelle rated it really liked it
Recommended to Richelle by: Jaclyn
A baby orangutan getting ready for bed? Too cute.
Miss Megan
Apr 17, 2013 Miss Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet bedtime story.
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Born Andrew Dugald Daddo with twin James Beilby. School included "broken arms and fingers, scrapes and scratches, girlfriends, hot chips and a football team that refused to win a premiership." Careers included radio, TV - DVDs for GlobeTrekker. "He has written books for all ages – picture books, chapter books, short story collections, young adult novels and adult non-fiction." He "lives on Sydney’ ...more
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