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Good night Sam
Gay, Marie-Louise.
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Publication Information:
Toronto ; Berkeley, CA : Groundwood Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.4 0.5 72968.

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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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In Good Night, Sam Marie-Louise Gay has created another charming picture book about Stella's little brother.

"Stella," whispered Sam, "are you sleeping?"
"Yes," answered Stella. "Aren't you?"

Sam can't sleep without his beloved dog, Fred. But where could he be? Sam knows that Fred is afraid of the dark, of the monster that lives in the closet and of the giant toad that lurks downstairs. Luckily, Stella is there to reassure Sam as they search everywhere.

Marie-Louise Gay's delicate watercolors, full of expression and humor, complement this delightful story.

Author Notes

Children's author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay was born in Quebec City, Canada on June 17, 1952. While attending the Institute of Graphic Arts of Montreal, she decided graphic art was too restraining and transferred to the Montreal Museum School of Fine Art, where is majored in animation. She worked for various Canadian magazines doing editorial illustration and illustrated a children's book. In order to learn more about illustration, she attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco for three years.

She moved to Montreal, Canada and started illustrating children's books. In 1980, she decided to write and illustrate her own picture books. In 1984, she won the Canada Council Children's Literature Prize for illustration in both the English-language category for Lizzy's Lion and the French-language category for Drôle d'école. She won the Canadian Library Association Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon medal for Moonbeam on a Cat's Ear in 1987 and for Rainy Day Magic in 1988. The latter book also earned her the coveted Governor General's Award for illustration. She has also won the 2005 Vicky Metcalf Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award, and the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Stella's little brother, in a second book of his own, can't sleep without his dog, Fred, in Good Night, Sam by Marie-Louise Gay. Sam says that Fred is afraid of the dark, and of the monster in the closet, so sleepy Stella reassures him and helps him find his pooch. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-In this cozy companion to Good Morning Sam (Groundwood, 2003), the wide-awake preschooler recruits his older sister, Stella, to help him find their missing dog so he can go to sleep. As Stella patiently accompanies him throughout the house, suggesting places the pet might be, alert readers will see the little hound hidden in each picture. The story touches on many fears young children have about the dark-monsters in the closet, menacing-looking furniture, noises from unknown sources-but it reassures with gentle humor and a steadfast sister. The wonderfully sketchy watercolor-and-pen drawings, neatly bordered in white, are drenched in blues with moonlit highlights. Gay's art strongly combines with the text to enhance the story line of loving siblings tackling a typical bedtime problem. A selection that's perfect for early readers as well as for one-on-one sharing with toddlers.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.