Goodnight, Angels written by Melody Carlson and illustrated by Sophie Allsopp (published by Zonderkidz), is a colorful board book with a simple rhyming storyline. A little boy says goodnight to everything and everyone that was part of his day – including his dog and rubber duck.
The illustrations are beautifully colorful and detailed except when it comes to the faces. Tiny dots for eyes are hard to see and give the faces an overall nebulous effect.
The title, Goodnight, Angels, is awkward because of the comma. Seriously, Zondervan, wouldn’t it have been better to have simply titled it, “Goodnight Angels” (no comma)?
Goodnight, Angels ends with a brief prayer of thanks to God and a final goodnight to the angels—a gentle reminder to be thankful to God for all things. Other than this one-line prayer, the book has no clear biblical message.
For someone looking for a good quality, colorful board book with a rhyme, this might fit the bill. But if you’re looking for a message to impact your small child with a meaningful Christian message, this probably isn’t it.
A similar version of this story will appear in Assist News Service.
Janey DeMeo M.A.
Copyright © April 2014