From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–Readers join a young girl for a rollicking climb up a tall green tree as she spies a variety of rainforest animals, from the well-known parrot to the exotic kinkajou. She greets each animal in turn, then says, See you later and climbs away. The repetitive, rhyming text invites young children to read along, as do the playful phrases like Yakity-yak, parrot and S-l-o-w M-o, hairy sloth. Bold, colorful, digitally rendered art captures the girl's adventure and the creative use of perspective emphasizes the googly eyes of the tree frog and the long, slithery body of the boa. In the end, the child says Nighty-night to each creature, then climbs down to meet her daddy, as the tall green tree transforms into a bunk bed strewn with plush-toy animals. This book is similar to Peck's Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea
(S & S, 2004), in which a boy explores the ocean inside his bathtub. Green Tree
promises to be a solid hit for storytimes and bedtime reading.–Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
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In this sequel to Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea (2004), a little girl with a huge head and bulgy eyes climbs up a tree at night, greeting various rain forest animals. In this imaginative bedtime story, the author describes the unnamed girl's adventure through a short, patterned text of six lines, with the titular phrase as the introductory line. After meeting nine animals, she says good night, first to the moon and all the rainforest creatures, and then to her father as she returns to reality. The final page shows the little girl asleep in her bunk bed with all her stuffed animals around her, each one corresponding to the rainforest creatures. Petrone uses a bold touch in her digitally produced illustrations, placing bright animals and splashes of jungle-green leaves against a starry sky. (Picture book. 3-6) (Kirkus Reviews)