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The Resource Thank you and good night, Patrick McDonnell

Thank you and good night, Patrick McDonnell

Label
Thank you and good night
Title
Thank you and good night
Statement of responsibility
Patrick McDonnell
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Maggie hosts a pajama party at which Clement, Alan Alexander, and Jean play a variety of fun games, tire themselves, and drift off to sleep, but not before sharing their gratitude.--
Tone
Award
School Library Journal Best Picture Books, 2015.
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 A rabbit, an elephant, and a bear have a pajama party at Maggie’s house. What’s up first? Jumping on the bed! Then it’s the Chicken Dance, a funny-face contest, hide-and-seek, balloon bounce, yoga, and a little snack. Tired out, the trio practically sleepwalk down the hall and give thanks: “A long, long list of that and this, ending with a good-night kiss.” Gentle blue tones and a soft palette close down the party, as the group snuggles up with Maggie for a perfect good night. Pen and ink, pencil, and watercolor on handmade paper highlight McDonnell’s skill in portraying sweet comfort. The animals’ expressive features are suffused with simple charm and humor: Bear’s high bounce causes a pajama malfunction as his bottoms don’t make the jump, while Elephant’s one-footed tree stance defies gravity, and Rabbit’s long ears flop in exhaustion. Generous white space accompanies the soft watercolor washes, which are a perfect background for frolicking friends. Endpapers of muted indigo skies promise delightful dreams. A sweet keeper for sleepers! -- Gepson, Lolly (Reviewed 10-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 3, p84)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 1 — Clement, a rabbit, is having his first sleepover. Jean (an elephant) and Alan Alexander (a bear) arrive appropriately dressed in pajamas, ready to take part in the fun. The friends spend their evening in innocent pursuits, such as happily performing the chicken dance, playing hide-and-seek, and jumping on the bed. Maggie, the young girl who shares Clement's home, serves each animal an appropriate snack—a carrot, peanuts, and honey—before the three get ready to settle down for the night. Charm and humor share the spotlight in equal measure: Alan Alexander loses his pajama bottoms while jumping on the bed; a sleepy bunny hopefully asks several times, "Now is it time for bed?"; and the three make comical expressions during a "funny face" contest. Maggie reads them bedtime stories, then asks what they are grateful for and a sweet, heartfelt poem follows. McDonnell pays homage to children's literature classics, providing plenty of nods: a red balloon, a bear and a honey pot, and a rabbit in blue-and-white pajamas. VERDICT This delightful bedtime story extols the virtues of friendship and of gratitude for simple pleasures.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI --Maryann H. Owen (Reviewed August 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 8, p73)
  • /* Starred Review */ A thoughtful girl named Maggie has arranged for a surprise pajama party for her beloved bunny, Clement. The invitees are Jean the elephant and Alan Alexander the bear, and if you haven’t guessed by now that McDonnell (A Perfectly Messed-Up Story ) is tipping his hat to some esteemed members of the children’s literature pantheon, then a very familiar window that pops up in one of the party scenes should do the trick. And what a swell party it is: Maggie is an excellent hostess, providing customized snacks for each friend (which they eat with a hearty “Nom Nom Nom”), but letting the animals steer the activities, which include a funny face contest and an almost criminally adorable yoga session. Best of all, Maggie reads the trio bedtime stories—“stories about a majestic elephant, a brave bear, and a quiet bunny.... Stories that bring sweet dreams.” That Maggie is revealed in the final scene snuggling her three favorite stuffed toys adds another wonderful layer to a book that readers of all ages will be thankful for. Ages 3–6. Agent: Henry Dunow, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 3, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 31, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Clement, Jean, and Alan Alexander (a small rabbit, miniature elephant, and a pint-sized bear) enjoy a proper pajama party—complete with chicken dances, funny faces, balloon bounces, midnight snacks, stargazing, and lullabies. Maggie, a little girl herself, acts as a chaperone, nudging them into bed when their eyes get heavy and finally leading them in an evening giving of thanks. Her lyrical recounting of the friends' night together, strung together with sweet S sounds and snug images, sends readers slipping and sliding into sleep themselves. Some parents might feel tempted to sing such quaint rhymes: "Cozy pajamas, / a happy surprise, / night birds singing / sweet lullabies.…" This picture book's satisfyingly soft illustrations and diminutive dimensions (7 inches by 8 1/2 inches) feel just right for its plush language and darling characters and content. Handmade paper absorbs pen, ink, and watercolor artwork: islands of images, nebulous in shape but rich in saturation and suggestive linework. As so often with McDonnell, the details charm even the most cynical viewers: the wee animals chow down to a chorus of "nom"s; they sleepwalk their ways to bed uttering little "Z"s. Reproduced on unusually and comfortably thick card stock, the illustrations offer tactile as well as visual joy. Small listeners will nestle deep under their covers feeling thankful for tender books that make bedtime a pleasure. (Picture book. 2-5)(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2015)
Assigning source
(Source of description not identified)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10448884
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McDonnell, Patrick
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
AD 390
Intended audience source
Lexile
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sleepovers
  • Friendship
  • Bedtime
  • Gratitude
Target audience
preschool
Label
Thank you and good night, Patrick McDonnell
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unnumbered pages)
Isbn
9780316338011
Lccn
2014035293
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Stock number
BRO-copy20151111-102
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn890971686
  • (OCoLC)890971686
Label
Thank you and good night, Patrick McDonnell
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unnumbered pages)
Isbn
9780316338011
Lccn
2014035293
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Stock number
BRO-copy20151111-102
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn890971686
  • (OCoLC)890971686

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