Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Good Night, Chickie by Emile Jadoul

I take it back. You CAN always have one more bedtime story. It's a genre that is never too full to have one more.

In this story, plump yellow Chickie, or rather his stuffed blue Bunny, is worried that Mother Hen is going out. After all, she has on her pretty necklace! Mother Hen reassures Bunny (and Chickie) and firmly guides them through various bedtime routines, as well as quite a few stalling techniques. Finally, Chickie is satisfied that everything is fine and tells Bunny "Let me sleep now!"

Chickie's incessent worrying about Mother Hen's possible disappearance is a little nerve-wracking. I kept waiting for her to go out after all and Chickie to find a babysitter on one of his little excursions. But I did love the rich swashy colors of the painted illustrations.

Verdict: Add this one for parents with a child suffering from separation anxiety. I would read it twice to children - once for them to identify with Chickie's worries and a second time so they can know that everything really is fine in the end.

ISBN: 978-0-8028-5378-3; Published November 2010 by Eerdmans; F&G provided by publisher through LibraryThing Early Reviewers

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