A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Fun details to spot in the art: Santa's sleigh chained up to the North Pole. Cupid's drum kit, amps, and electric guitars, maps and a telescope in Donner's room, tools in the elves' workshop.
Implied message that it's important to get a good night's sleep before a big day.
Positive Role Models
Santa is nice and jolly and makes sure his crew gets a good night's sleep so they'll be in shape to help get the gifts to the kids on Christmas. The reindeer and elves follow Santa's rules.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Denise Brennan-Nelson's Good Night, Reindeer is a cute rhyming picture book that shows Santa saying goodnight to each of his reindeer one by one, then to his elves in their bunk bends, dolls near the Christmas tree, and bell ornaments on the tree. The light joke at the end is that when he says light's out to Rudolph, the reindeer's nose stays lit. The simple rhymes and soothing rhythm make it a fun holiday bedtime choice.
Is It Any Good?
This cute holiday tale mixes humor with the kind of soothing repetition found in other bedtime books. The rhythm in parts of Good Night, Reindeer is reminiscent of that in Goodnight Moon. "Goodnight, Comet. Good night, stars. Good night, planets. Good night, cars."
The fun is in seeing the personalities and activities of the individual reindeer in their rooms: Blitzen glued to his computer tablet, Prancer dancing in her ballet shoes, Cupid playing on his drum kit. A fine choice for kids who find it hard to settle down and wait for Christmas.
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