Wednesday, November 27, 2019

"Why Do We Say Goodnight?" -a bookwrap


"Why Do We Say Goodnight?" 

Authored by Champ Thornton
Illustrated by Rommel Ruiz

* Ages:  3-7
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  New Growth Press; 1 edition
* Pub. Date:  October 21, 2019
* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

“All my grandchildren, ages three to eleven, were unanimous. Why Do We Say Good Night? is a five-star good read." 
Ed Welch, Author; faculty member at CCEF

“Children look to their parents for protection from the things that are hiding in the dark. Champ Thornton’s beautiful book is a reminder that we don’t have to fear the dark because there is a Good Shepherd who promises to be with us, watching over us, through every moment of listening for what goes bump in the night.” 
Russell Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

“As a grandmother of six, it has been one of the dearest blessings I’ve known to read to my darlings at night, when we’re all comfy and cozy and snuggled up. And Why Do We Say Good Night?is just the sort of wonderful resource we would love to share. Full of beautiful pictures and an even better message of light in the dark, it is a book I wish I would have had when my own kids were young. Buy a copy for Grandma and one for yourself. You’ll love it.” 
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, Author of Give them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus

“With its comforting message and stunning illustrations, Why Do We Say Good Night? is a beautiful book you will want to read to your children again and again—and to yourself, too.” 
Karen Swallow Prior, Author of On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books

“We love this book! The illustrations are beautiful and capture the feel of a child’s imagination, both fearful and wonderful, as darkness and dreamtime near. The rhyming text is easy to read and even easier to listen to and remember. We can’t wait to sit down with our grandchild and read it to her before bedtime, hoping that the truths about God can settle in her heart and accompany her through the night.” 
Mark and Constance Dever, (Mark is Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church; Constance is creator of The Praise Factory Curriculum, biblical truths for ages 2–11)

“I like this little book, and I think it may be of considerable help to parents whose children need some reassurance about the beauty of night—and also to dispel the night terrors some children suffer from.” 
Douglas Gresham,Coproducer of The Chronicles of Narniamovies; son of Joy Davidman and stepson of C. S. Lewis

Start a New Tradition with a Comforting Bedtime Message

Help for Parents

Gives considerable help to parents whose children need some reassurance about the beauty of night—and also to dispel the night terrors some children suffer from.

Easy to Read, Easy to Remember

Written in fun and comforting rhyme and phrases that are simple, short and concise to recite together with your child.

Enchantingly Illustrated

The stunning, beautiful illustrations capture the feel of a child’s imagination, both fearful and wonderful, as darkness and dreamtime near.

God-Centered and Gospel-Focused

Builds the faith of children who are uncertain about bedtime and speaks directly to those childhood fears, assuring little ones of God’s watchful care.

My Take

If your little one is struggling at night when going to bed and is afraid of the dark then this book is a perfect one to share.  The rhyming text is wonderful and easy to read and remember.  

A little girl feels frightened when her mom says good night to her and turns out the light.  She asks her mother why she says goodnight and then leaves her alone in the dark.  The mother lovingly explains to her sweet daughter that she is never alone.  She shares with her that God made both the day and the night so he is always present in both the light and the dark.  The mother goes on to say that God can see in the dark and he is akin to a kind shepherd  who watches over and protects his sheep.  Those comforting words enter into the little girl's heart and she is able to banish her fears and settle in for a "good" night's sleep knowing that God is with her.  

The illustrations are vibrant, colourful and mesmerizing having a magical flair.  They are full of detail and expression which capture the mind and hearts of little ones who are afraid to close their eyes to go to sleep.   They are both empowering and engaging.   Together with the inspiring message of the text they give reassurance that our omnipotent, Heavenly Father is as near as your next breath.   I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating -  5+++ HUGS!!!!!

Meet the Author

Champ Thornton is an associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware. He has pastored in South Carolina and served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, Ohio. He is host of In the Word, On the Go, a ten-minute podcast for families and is the author of several books, including The Radical Book for Kids, Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation, Radically Different: A Student's Guide to Community, and Why Do We Say Good Night? Champ and his wife, Robben, have been married since 1996 and have three children.

About the Illustrator

Rommel Ruiz was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and moved to sunny Southern California to pursue his passion for creative expression and storytelling. An accomplished designer and illustrator, he incorporates influences from theater, film, animation, and mid-century design. His work includes animated visuals for Cartoon Network and the award-winning Luther documentary, as well as illustrations for books including Golly's Folly, The Gospel in Color, and more. He is also the cofounder and art director of Patrol. He and his wife, Anny, live with their two joyful girls in Los Angeles.

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