Title: Goodnight, Anne
Author: Kallie George (author), Geneviève Godbout (illustrator)
Publisher: Tundra (Imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers)
Publication date: 27th September 2018 (UK)
When night falls, it’s time for Anne to go to bed… but not before saying goodnight to everyone and everything she loves.
Will Anne ever go to sleep?
Inspired by L.M. Montgomery’s classic novel, this sweet bedtime book introduces the irrepressible heroine to younger readers and invite’s Anne’s admirers, both new and old, to join her on a journey of imagination through Green Gables – with beloved friends, kindred spirits and treasured places.
— Synopsis taken from Goodnight, Anne
Last month I was browsing the interwebs (as you do) and came across this gorgeous book. I love Geneviève Godbout’s work so I knew I had to have it. Tundra is based in Canada so I really didn’t think I stood a chance of getting an advance copy but I emailed them anyway. A few days later they contacted me to say they were more than happy to send me a copy and I was so happy (THANK YOU, SAM FROM PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CANADA YOUNG READERS!).
Fast-forward about 10 or so days and Goodnight, Anne dropped through my letterbox and it has become one of my favourite children’s books this year in the age 3-7 range.
The book is inspired by Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery – if you’ve never read it then I definitely recommend you check it out, but if you haven’t please don’t let that put you off reading Goodnight, Anne.
In Goodnight, Anne, Anne says goodnight to all the people and things she loves. The illustrations are stunning but muted so it is the perfect bedtime book for youngsters. It’s gentle and loving and eases you into that relaxed state just before falling asleep.
For those of you who read Anne of Green Gables you will no doubt enjoy revisiting the characters. If not, then you will still enjoy reading this book with the younger humans in your life as a perfect bedtime story.
Let me know in the comments below what you think of Goodnight, Anne. What’s your favourite illustrated children’s story?
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