Perfect Picture Book Friday! Goodnight Already! by Jory John

10 Apr

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because we’ve all known people like Duck (and Bear).

goodnightGoodnight Already!
By Jory John
Illustrations by Benji Davies 
pages – ages 5+
Published by on

Theme/Topic- Sleep

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “I’ve never been so tired. I could sleep for weeks. Months, even!

Synopsis – From Goodreads: “Bear can’t wait to go to sleep.

But Duck wants to hang out.

How will Bear ever fall asleep?”

Why I liked this book- This is a cute book. One character wants to sleep, the other doesn’t. A perfect scenario for mischief! I like Bear’s expressions, and Duck’s wild ideas. The story has a hint of an endless cycle, and a lot of fun. The pictures make you smile and laugh. Mr. John and Mr. Davies make a great team together, and it really keeps you on your toes. Just when you think you know what will happen next, you are in for a surprise! 🙂 I love this book!

Activities and Resources- 

Talk with your child about bedtimes. Maybe about how they should respect other people’s bedtimes, and not bother them unless if absolutely necessary.

Maybe talk about how Duck could have been a better neighbor to bear.

Check out  the trailer!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!




37 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Goodnight Already! by Jory John”

  1. Wendy April 10, 2015 at 9:40 am #

    I love the trailer for this one! Thanks for sharing it.


  2. ManjuBeth April 10, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    I love the humor in Goodnight Already! It’s one of my favorite PBs.


  3. Patricia Tilton April 10, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    Bedtime, sleep and dreams seems to be a theme today. This book sounds hilarious! Also sounds like a book that teaches boundaries. Love the cute trailer.


  4. Lynn April 10, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    I, too, enjoyed the trailer; it made me chuckle. This looks to be a fun book.


  5. Genevieve Petrillo April 10, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    Sometimes, Mom wants to sleep and I want to play. She says, “ONE toy. ONE!” And then she gets up and helps me pick a toy from my toybox so I can sleep. I don’t play with it. I just sleep…. Go figure.

    Love and licks,


  6. Sue Heavenrich April 10, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    A fun book to read…. and I love the “goodnight already”. and the whole finger-pointing-at-door thing bear has going on.


  7. julie rowan zoch April 10, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    Really makes me want a duck!


  8. Joanne Sher April 10, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    Read this one a week or so ago – SO fun. Great pick, Erik!


  9. Catherine Johnson (@CathM_Johnson) April 10, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

    Fun stuff, Erik! Having kids that wake in the night makes you feel like that bear lol.


  10. Andrea April 10, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

    I love the personality on the cover! It’s so cool how picture books can create a fun story from a simple idea.


  11. Creatopath April 11, 2015 at 5:54 am #

    You always find books with cute characters. Love the expression on bear in the trailer.


  12. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books April 11, 2015 at 7:23 am #

    This looks really sweet. Love it, Erik…always a delight to read your reviews.


  13. LovableLobo April 11, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    We love this book, too! Can we say it’s unbearably fun? LOL


  14. clarbojahn April 11, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

    I laughed out loud at the trailer and it left me thinking about what fun th is book must be. I can’t wait to read it. 🙂


  15. Diane Tulloch April 12, 2015 at 12:26 am #

    Hilarious. Love Bears facial expressions, he does get so pissed off… lol. Love the trailer to. Kids will love this. Thanks for sharing Erik.


  16. writersideup April 12, 2015 at 1:02 am #

    This is a very funny book! Great choice for PPBF, Erik 🙂


  17. Joanna April 13, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    I LOVE this book and all Benji Davis’ work, to be honest!


  18. mili944 April 17, 2016 at 8:04 am #

    We can’t say whats gonna next..!


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