From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3–Sixty well-chosen poems conjure up the perfect atmosphere for dreaming. Sometimes playful and sometimes thought-provoking, the poetry is divided into three categories to carry readers through the bedtime hours: “Going to Sleep,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “In the Night.” Karas's cartoon illustrations, done in gouache, acrylic, and pencil, beautifully complement each poem while also creating an aura of nighttime magic that unifies the volume. The poets included range from Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Eleanor Farjeon to Karla Kuskin, Douglas Florian, and Tony Mitton. There are many moments to enjoy and to treasure within these pages, and this anthology would have a valuable place in most poetry collections.Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Just right for reading aloud with preschoolers, the 60 poems in this lively anthology play with magical images of the night sky as well as with rituals of bath and bed. Arthur Guiterman’s “Starlighter” includes luminous images of nature and mystery: “When the bat’s on the wing and the bird’s in the tree / Comes the old Starlighter, whom none may see.” Then there is Judith Nicholls’ “Bathtime!” (“I’ve rubbed, I’ve scrubbed”). Karas’ generously sized illustrations in gouache, acrylic, and pencil, many in subdued shades of brown and blue, show a child admiring the moon from many places: a city street, a window, and the side of a pond. Then he marches up the stairs (naming each step as he goes), splashes in the bathtub, and brushes his teeth with the whole family together (“Scrub them, rub them”). Along with the gentle, familiar scenes, many kids will relate to the rebellious voice in Jo Ellen Bogart’s poem: “I am dirty today. I’ll get dirty again / So why bother to wash in between?” A fun companion to Mother Goose. Preschool-Grade 1. --Hazel Rochman