Monday, September 12, 2022

" Good Night ( Not Really )" - a bookwrap



Good Night (Not Really)

Authored by Nan Evenson

Illustrated by Karina Matkevych


* Ages:  2-7

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Paperback:  42 pages

* Publisher:  Olympia Publishers

* Pub. Date:  Sept. 30, 2021

* ISBN-10:  1839343338

* ISBN-13:  978-1839343339

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

Review from Reader Views Kids: "Good Night (Not Really): Let's Count FORWARD and BACKWARD is a quirky, colorful new addition worth checking out. . . The text takes you to fun, unexpected places, while the illustrations are cheerful, warm, and endearing. Unique and humorous adjectives sprinkled throughout the book make reading the book fun and funny."

Kirkus: "Evenson's zany tale packed with creative scenes will aptly introduce youngsters to basic counting skills. The imaginative incidents have kid appeal. A humorous and spirited counting tale for young readers."

"There is so much to love about this book. The writing is fun and lively sure to keep children's attention. The images are beyond cute, my favorite being the tutu broccoli. The children will learn to count forwards and backwards which is rather unique for counting books. Lastly, I never thought of a good morning book to start the day. It's a great idea and one I'm implementing." - Lisa B., Educator


"This book is quite delightfully and exuberantly illustrated. It is a counting book with a sense of humor. I think that both kids and their adults will enjoy this one." - Joyce L., NetGalley Reviewer

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

This is a delightful up-beat clever book that kids will love.  The diverse characters are adorable and they bring the concept of counting forward and backward to life and fun! 

I love the playful language used throughout and the bright colourful detailed illustrations.  I also love the element of surprise that is offered at the end of the book and I know that kids will it too.  

I highly recommend this refreshing and quirky counting book.  


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

I’ve always been an avid reader and have read many books to our four kids over the years. One of my favorite things to do is read to my teenagers, and if I can finagle it, the girls might brush my hair during “book club”.

It’s a joy to read good teen lit: quick moving, tightly phrased and to the point. And how sweet it is to introduce little readers to the true works of art and language that great picture books are.

After much research and planning, I decided to write picture books and a book for teens. My Not Really picture book series is unusual in that it teaches skills like counting backward and by twos. Fantastic illustrations and surprise endings will delight children and their readers, as well. They’re wonderful fun, and I hope you’ll enjoy them. And my Young Adult time travel book will be out in 2022!

How did I get here? After several college degrees and years of working in business as well as tutoring (primarily) math and writing skills to awe-inspiring teens, I thought it would be fun to run for public office, study math and take writing classes on several continents. What a joy it’s been to travel to forty countries, and it’s my academic background in and love for cultures that inspires my writing. It is a great honor to have had multiple short stories published and won several awards, including First Place in Flash Fiction at the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute and 3rd place in Nonfiction in the prestigious WI Jade Ring Contest. I am indeed having fun! Please follow my adventures at

About the Illustrator

Karina is an extraordinary young artist from Ukraine. Both Nan and Karina are delighted to create beautiful books for smart, little minds.  

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