Thursday 2 July 2020

Goodnight World by Nicola Edwards | Children's Book Review

[AD/Gifted: We received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

I always like to introduce my children to as much of the world as possible and the best way to do that is through reading. You can learn about anything through a book!

Goodnight World by Nicola Edwards is a beautiful bedtime story that incorporates language learning.
Blurb: When the day's at an end, up to bed we will go,
The sky becomes dusky and so the night grows.
When the bright golden sun sheds the last of its light,
We turn to each other and we say, "Goodnight!"

Review: The illustrations by Hannah Tolson are absolutely beautiful in this book and you are instantly drawn in just from the front cover.

The book follows lots of different children around the globe and their goodnight routines with their families. These are all different, whether they are having a bath beforehand, fighting for space at the sink when brushing their teeth or being carried up to bed after falling asleep downstairs, but familiar situations that children will recognise.

It's an easy read with plenty of rhymes but the most important part is that we learn how to say "goodnight" in eleven different languages. From Italian to Finnish and Swahili to Mandarin, and they are spelled phonetically underneath to make it easier for us grown-ups to sound out! It's so nice to get your little ones learning and my daughter loved repeating them back to me. Each night we have been choosing a different one to say to each other so they are definitely sticking in her head.

There is plenty of representation in Goodnight World with lots of different races and even a wheelchair user which was lovely to see.

'Goodnight World' is a beautiful read and I would thoroughly recommend it. It has definitely become one of our favourites.

This will be published by Little Tiger on 9th July 2020 and can be purchased at bookstores for £6.99.

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