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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Good Night Sleep Tight
by Kristina Andres
Age Range: Under_5
Fox and Rabbit live far away, in a bright little house beyond the mole hills. In each of these eleven-and-half- ‘Good Night Stories’, they try new ways to go to sleep and say good night.
If Fox and Rabbit can’t sleep, they count the goodnights and sometimes they swing on the lampshades to tire themselves out. One night Fox wants to wish Rabbit a special good night with dreams of lovely things to eat – juicy carrots growing in a field, a nice plumb pear, a honey-roasted goose or a tasty worm salad with mayonnaise. The thought of all this delicious food makes Fox fall fast asleep but Rabbit is still wide awake. Instead he thinks of rows of lettuce, lush green grass and buttercups that turn your teeth yellow, carrot cake or an afternoon with Elephant dozing by the lake. At last Rabbit falls asleep.
The lovely, delicate pen and ink and watercolour illustrations capture the characters of the animals – Elephant pegging out the washing with his trunk while the sleepy fox and rabbit lie propped up against the washing line pole, the vignettes of a very restless fox as he tosses and turns or the wolf in his leather jacket.
A perfect read-aloud gift book for bedtime full of heart-warming stories of friendship and fun from award-winning German artist Kristina Andres.