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Goodnight already!
John, Jory.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015].
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Bear has never been so tired but his next-door neighbor, a wide-awake duck, keeps disturbing his sleep.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.1 0.5 172102.
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Meet Bear. He's exhausted. All he wants is to go to sleep. Meet Duck, Bear's persistent next-door neighbor. All he wants is to hang out . . . with Bear.

Jory John, author of All My Friends Are Dead, and Benji Davies join together to create this standout hilarious picture book that will make bedtime memorable.

Author Notes

Jory John is a New York Times bestselling author of books and two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Recipient. Jory's books include the New York Times bestselling novel "The Terrible Two," the award-winning picture book "Goodnight Already!" and the national bestseller "All my friends are dead" and a sequel, "All my friends are still dead," which received the 2013 ALA Reluctant Young Readers Award. Jory's forthcoming picture books include "Quit Calling Me a Monster!" and "Penguin Problems".

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Poor Bear. All he wants to do is go to sleep. But his neighbor Duck is wide awake and wants company. Will Bear play cards? Read stories? Make smoothies? Be sympathetic to a stubbed beak? Bear and Duck play out a back-and-forth scenario of approach and rebuff, until the tables are turned: Duck falls asleep but Bear is now wide awake. The story is reliant on the visual cues of Davies' comic illustrations, so that the exchange between the characters is funny rather than intolerable. Duck is so small compared to Bear, yet his larger-than-life (and possibly caffeine-induced?) energy overwhelms his much larger neighbor. Bear becomes more and more irritable with each interruption from Duck, yet maintains a strained cuddliness he is always holding his teensy bedtime bunny in his massive paw. (Eagle-eyed readers will notice that the bunny is a silent participant in the action, often reflecting Bear's feelings.) While not a typical bedtime battle of wills, parents and kids will recognize the power struggle between Duck and Bear and pick sides accordingly.--Dean, Kara Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

John (All My Friends Are Dead) and Davies (The Storm Whale) bring fresh humor to a familiar scenario, tracing the push and pull between a character desperate to get some shut-eye and one who is far from ready for bed. Here, the sleepy party is Bear, who has just tucked into bed (along with his tiny stuffed pink rabbit) when the doorbell rings. Barging in is his friend and neighbor, Duck, who's "never been so awake" and is determined to have fun with Bear-any kind of fun ("Make smoothies?" "No." Start a band?" "No"). Both the repartee and the sight gags display excellent timing, making the most of the classic comic tension between a hulking grouch and a diminutive pest. But this is also a physically lovely book: working in a distilled style reminiscent of classic UPA animation, Davies uses nocturnal blues, geometric patterning, and contrasting scale in a way that makes every page pop. The one thing readers will not say about this book is "Enough already!" Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. Illustrator's agency, the Bright Agency. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-In this familiar-sounding story, an exhausted animal tries to sleep as his overly friendly neighbor pays him repeated visits. Late one night, Duck is bored and decides Bear will entertain him, but grumpy Bear rejects his suggestions to watch movies and make smoothies, sending the bird home with a "Goodnight already." Duck turns up twice more to interrupt his neighbor's sleep and is dismissed by an increasingly irate Bear, who, in the end, is left wide awake, while Duck falls fast asleep next door. The premise of this story is not very original, and even the ending won't be a surprise. Bear comes across as a grouchy curmudgeon, while Duck is oblivious and annoying, and their dialogue is stilted. The illustrations, however, are charming, with solid color backgrounds highlighting moods, yellow for Duck and blue-gray for Bear, as well as the characters themselves, who stand out against the saturated backdrops. Little details add color to each page, from Bear's pink stuffed animal to Duck's red electric guitar. For libraries that have Bonny Becker's A Visitor for Bear (2012) and A Bedtime for Bear (2010, both Candlewick), this may not be a first purchase, but the fresh, funny art makes it a worthy consideration.-Marian McLeod, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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