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We have loads and loads of children's books in our house. I think it is important to encourage children to look at books and enjoy them. My daughter will sit and look at books for hours, my son, however, finds it more difficult to let a book catch his attention. Say Goodnight to the Sleepy animals is a favourite with both of them!
My children were given this book, along with another in the series (say hello to the jungle animals) as a gift last Christmas. It was an instant hit!
Say Goodnight to the Sleepy animals is a book aimed at toddlers. It is written in rhyming verses so it is easy to read and easy to hold toddlers attention. It is by Ian Whybrow, he writes a number of similar children's books. All his books seem to be a hit with all children.
The basic storyline is about a cat who goes on a walk at night and says goodnight to the animals around and the animals answer with their animal noises, e.g dog woof. The cat goes by a dog, a fox, birds, an owl, a field mouse, rabbits, and back to her kittens.
The pages are beautifully illustrated. Each page is bright and colourful and very appealing to children. On each page all the animals are covered in a fuzzy kind of material that my children like to touch and feel as the story goes on.
At the end of the book it recaps and goes back and says all the animals and their noises all on the last page.
We often read this book at bedtime as it is a nice winding down kind of story. It keeps my son engaged but also calm. The way the verses are written and rhyme makes you read it in quite a gentle way. So it is lovely to read at bedtime.
Would I recommend?
Yes I would. It's a lovely book and story and the fuzzy feel of the animals are a really nice touch. I would recommend all the Ian Whybrow books as they are all just as lovely and not all bedtime focussed. They are very good books especially if your child isn't interested in books yet as these should help grab their attention.
This book (and most of the other I.W books) costs £4.49 on amazon but can often be found cheaper in other shops such as supermarkets like Asda and Tesco. The supermarkets often have them on offer.
5/5 from me. Thank you for reading
xx Mrs K xx
I love reading to my grandchildren and this book is just a lovely one to have. I am very pleased with it and glad I bought it.
This book is quite large in size, so big for little toddlers to hold and it is over 20 pages long so I think it is more geared towards slightly older toddlers really as it is longer than what a baby would be interested in.
The book takes us through the night time saying good night to the various sleepy animals such as the rabbits and the kittens.
The animals on the pages are interactive too as they are fuzzy which provides an interesting texture for small children to feel. The fuzziness is the same for all animals so it isn't as though it is meant to be the same as what an animal is meant to feel like but it is just an extra feature which I think makes this book very sweet.
The drawings on all of the pages are lovely, they are very cute looking and provides lots of detail which I think really is very nice to look at.
My grandchildren love this book, they like to touch the animals, name them and follow the story. It is a particularly nice book to read at bed time with them.
My younger grandchildren who are under 18 months do not show as much interest with this book and i think perhaps it is too large for them, they prefer books that they are able to hold for themselves but they cannot manage this by themselves yet.
The words on the pages rhyme so that it flows nicely and introduces rhyme to children. It also describes sounds that the animals make which again is a nice introduction to sounds.
I enjoy reading this to my grandchildren and love hearing them try to make the sounds of the animals too. It is nice to sit with them and read this. I am very pleased with this purchase.
It costs £5.99 but I paid £4.00 for it which I think is a great price. This is the kind of book which you will have for a while and not just for baby years.
I bought my son several books for his second birthday and one of the real successes was 'say Boo to the animals'. Knowing how much he enjoyed this book, I decided that I would order him one of the other books from the series that were shown on the inside of the back cover of the book. I opted for this 'Say Goodnight to the sleepy animals' which was £4.49 for the hardcover version from Amazon.
What I love about this book (and others from the series) is that they have aspects that appeal to both babies and toddlers. On each page, there is a picture of an animal that it furry and textured to the touch - so appealing to babies (and toddlers too!). There is also a simple story throughout the book as we follow a ginger cat as she says goodnight to all her animal friends before returning home to her kittens. We meet animals that are likely to be familiar to toddlers - dog, rabbits, birds as well as some they may be less familiar with - barn owl. The story is told in rhyming sentences that are appealing to children - for example 'Out in the garden all alone, who's that guarding a juicy bone? Goodnight Dog, woof, woof, woof!'. It makes a lovely story to enjoy together during the day as 'quiet time' together or as a bedtime story.
My son loves this story. He loves that it is simple and the rhythm of the text. He also enjoys stroking the textured animals on each page. What he loves the most is that he can join in with the story and therefore it becomes a bit more interactive for him. He says 'night night' to the animals on each page and, as his language skills improve, he is beginning to name the animals on each page.
I love sharing this book with my son. It is one of the best books in our collection for enjoying together. It is beautifully illustrated and is engaging and fun. It is easy to read too and not too longwinded - just right for the attention span of a two year old! It is definitely a book that I would recommend to parents with toddlers.
This is such a cute little kids book and one we really enjoy reading at bedtime as it gets the kids thinking about saying goodnight and hopefully getting into that sleepy mode.
On the back of the book the synopsis is as such, "the moon is up, the stars shine bright, off goes cat to say goodnight. Stroke the soft, furry animals on every page and join in saying goodnight. Woof, hip, tweet!"
The cat we meet on the first page is a cute little ginger tabby cat and she meets lots of different animals on her nighttime adventure. She meets a dog, a fox, birds, a barn owl, a field mouse, rabbits and her own little kittens, three that look just like her and one that obviously takes after Daddy. I like that there are so many different animals included in this book as it means children learn about different animals and where they sleep and also what they say.
For example, when the cat says goodnight to the dog she firstly asks us, "out in the garden all alone, who's that guarding a juicy bone?" Then she says, "goodnight dog, woof woof woof."
So, not only do we learn that dogs like bones but we also learn that they bark when they talk. We also learn that a fox likes to yip, birds tweet, the barn owl says whit-to-whoo, the field mouse squeaks, rabbits hop and kittens mew.
What I also like about this book is that it is a touch and feel book. All the animals are covered with that soft felt material that you find on touch and feel books so my son and daughter love to stroke them and are always reaching out and touching the pictures which I think is great as it makes the book more interactive and they get more involved in it and like reading this book.
We have this book in paperback form and its nice and big and colourful. The ISBN number is 978-1-4472-0202-8 and costs £6.99.
The very first book I bought my daughter, before she was even born, was 'Say Hello to the Baby Animals' and it was an instant hit as soon as she began to get interested in books, thanks to its simplicity, bright colours and touchy feely animals.
Fast forward two years and my daughter is now an eager little book worm, and capable of picking and choosing the sort of books she likes. So with simple picture books being a hot favourite we headed to our local bookshop to choose a new book, and she went straight for 'Say Goodnight to the Sleepy Animals', which is another book in the series and was obviously familiar to her due to her love of the sister book mentioned above.
The book is softcover, with a glossy front cover embossed with an endearing picture of a happy cat and her litter of playful kittens. The cats are slightly raised from the page and are tactile with a velvet feel. The rest of the pages are thick and fairly durable and the colours are vivid throughout.
Following the adventures of a cat who heads out in the dark, we see our main feline character say good night to a series of animals including a dog, a fox, some birds, an owl, a mouse and some rabbits. At the end the cat returns home to her litter of kittens.
The animals in the story are also tactile with the same velvety fabric on them, and each page contains one or two lines of narrative explaining the cats journey and the activities of the animals she encounters. For example there is text like "Busy little rabbits, it's time to stop! They settle in the straw with a hop, hop, hop!"
As you can see the language used is uplifiting and lively and the rythym is lovely for young children who are being read to. The illustrations are superb and the animals really jump off the pages and come to life.
Added to the main text, the animals are bid goodnight with the rabbit section reading "Goodnight rabbits. Hop, hop, hop." This is excellent as it reiterates the sounds associated with each animal and helps to aid the flow of language used throughout. At the very end we are yet again encouraged to say goodnight to all the animals at once, and again we are reminded of the sounds they make.
My daughter adores animals, repetition, bright colours and books that she can get involved in, and so this is the perfect book for her. She kisses the animals and seems to really warm to them, as well as being able to copy sections of the simple text, andof course say goodnight!
There are many of her books that I find boring to read, but this is not one of them. It really has no negatives and is a good addition to our collection. She also loves more grown-up books, so I was worried she would not get much value from this book, however she still loves it and it's a firm favourite, along with the original.
As well as this book other versions available include the already mentioned 'Say Hello to the Baby Animals' as well as 'Say Hello to the Animals' and 'Say Hello to the Snowy Animals.'
I think I paid around £4 for this book on special offer and it retails for around £5.99.
One of our daughters christmas presents when she was 1 year old was a hardback book called Say Hello to the Snowy Animals, at this age our daughter wouldn't entertain sitting and listening to a book so it was put to the back of the wardrobe and forgotten about. About a year or so ago it was rediscovered in the realms of our wardrobe and when we read it she loved it that much that we bought the whole series for her.
There are four books in the series, this one, the formentioned above along with Say Hello to the Baby Animals and Say Hello to the Animals. The three that we bought are softback books, each book is written by Ian Whybrow and illustrated by Ed Eaves and you can pick these books up for about £5 each on Amazon. Each book is a good size approx 10 inches square, this one was published by Macmillans children's books in 2008. The book is very brightly coloured and the majority of the animals are embossed with a velvety type feel.
The book has two forepages both with different pictures of the Ginger cat embossed in the velvety fabric and the title of the book. The story follows the Ginger cat on her adventures to go and say goodnight to all the animals. The book starts at the cats home and follows through to a dog, a fox, some birds, an owl, a mouse, some rabbits and then back home to her own kittens. Each page is fantastically illustrated and the pages follow well i.e the cat sees the dog in the garden of her home and then the fox by the treein the garden but the cats house is still in the background of the picture, then up the tree to say goodnight to the birds where you can see the fox below and so one throughout the book.
Each page has a little bit of writing i.e "High in the tree where they think it's best, who snuggles down in a feathery nest?" the child can then of course answer the question, you then say goodnight to the said animal and there is a response from the animal "tweet, tweet, tweet" thus teaching the child what noises animals make. As each page has embossed animals my daughter loves to as she puts it "give them a fuss" and she also anjoys counting the animals where there is more than one. After the cat has reached home again there is a final page where all the embossed animals appear for a final goodnight, for each animal there is the picture and "goodnight ...." along with the noise that the animal makes again. The book the finishes with a nice close of "One last lick of her ginger fur goodnight pussycar, purr, purr, purr.
The end of the book also has two pages just like at the beginning the first of which is a last picture of the ginger cat snuggled in her basket along with details of who the book has been dedicated to and information about the publishing and then the very last page has a picture of the owl in flight. Inside the rear of the cover are pictures of the other books in this series.
This is a brilliant book and nearly every night at bedtime we have to read one of the four from the series, even my daughter knows these word for word but she still loves them. These books aqre more than just a story and there are little things that can be learnt from then, well written engages the child and the embossing is a lovely touch.
The front of the book is brightly coloured and has the title of the book. It has a cat and her kittens, a dog, rabbit and an owl on the front with a night time scene in the background. All the animals are made of what I think is felt and are soft to the touch. On the back is a line from the book and some more animals, not made of the touch and feel material in another night time scene.
I was given this book for my daughter's first birthday and must admit I was pretty impressed when I saw it. Once opened we gave it a read and she seemed to be enthralled, she loved touching the animals throughout the book. The story is about a cat that goes round a garden and the field nearby to say goodnight to all the animals. The lines have a lovely rhyme to them and quite short so it keeps my little one entertained. Now that she is older it is her favourite book and I have been known to read it to her five or six times during the day. She loves it when I do all the animal sounds as I go through the book and she makes sure she touches every single animal to give them a stroke. She is also starting to learn how to say all the names of the animals too which is great. Even though the story is set at night the colours are still nice and bright to keep your child entertained. Also the story is the right length and can be read in about five minutes, but if your little one is like mine then she makes it last for at least fifteen minutes. A well recommended children's book to keep you child or grandchild entertained.
Price and Availability
This book is available at most good book stores and online it is priced around £3.97 onwards. I found this low price on Amazon and is available with free delivery.
I have previously written this review on ciao under the same username.
As a Parent, bedtime for your children can either be the most dreaded or most favoured time of the day.
If your lucky enough to have a child who has always skipped merrily up the stairs to slumber, or, like most of us, have been through various battles and routines to achieve this serene, dreamy, relaxing time with your child, then possibly like me you really enjoy spending this period of calm with your child before they drift off. There's nothing more lovely than the smell of a freshly bathed child, tucked up in bed in a dimly lit room, all warm and content, gazing at you lovingly as you read a gentle bedtime story (although the thought of the wine waiting in the fridge downstairs for you to savour in peaceful silence comes a close second!)
For us, a bedtime story is an essential ingredient to a successful bed time routine. It's important to consider the book you are reading at this time though! Some books can stimulate a child making them excitable, while others are just boring and result in a fidget. The worst by far, in my opinion are long ones! I quickly loose interest in the story, rushing as I hear Eastenders theme tune, and my daughter picks up on this and of course act's up.
'Say Goodnight To The Sleepy Animals' is the perfect bedtime story book for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Written by Ian Whybrow the story begins:
" The moon is out, the stars shine bright. Off goes Cat to say goodnight"
And so cat goes on a journey around a country garden to wish goodnight to all the animals who live there. The story is told in a simple rhyme throughout, each double page dedicated to a particular animal and having two sentences then a wish goodnight in each ones unique noise.
"Goodnight Dog, Woof, Woof, Woof."
This gives the child a chance to join in, practising their animal noises, and also invokes discussion on different animal habitats as we see the birds in their nest and the field mouse in the corn. I like to use this to enforce why my daughter should sleep in her own bed. Everyone has their own place to sleep!
The book is beautifully illustrated by Ed Eaves, with a lot of purple and blue shades which give a dreamy night time atmosphere. The animals are drawn in an extremely endearing and cute way, but what makes the book even more special is that it is 'touch and feel'. The animals are soft and fluffy and my daughter loves stroking each one as she says goodnight.
As Cat arrives home, the final page gives us the oppertunity to:
"Say goodnight just once more, but much quieter than before"
and my daughter and I whisper Goodnight to each animal again very quietly. I love the settling down quality of this, and it indicates to my daughter it's time to go to sleep.
At 18 pages long, this book is the perfect length, meaning rather than rush through the story, you can relish discussing the animals and stroking them. The rhyming has a gentle rhythmic quality to it which really does lull my daughter. We have had this book over 18 months now and it's a much requested bedtime read, and one I enjoy too. I would highly recommend it to parents of children aged between 18 month and 5 years as a delightful accompaniment to your child's bedtime routine.
~ Details ~
Say Goodnight To The Sleepy Animals by Ian Whybrow
Illustrated by Ed Eaves
RRP £5.99. I bought our copy as part of a 3 for 2 from Waterstones.