Penelope Lively’s 1994 picture book – Good Night, Sleep Tight – is an echo of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are (published in 1963). Not as scary as Sendak, Lively has stuffed animals leading their little girl owner to adventures in their native habitats – the stuffed lion in the jungle, the stuffed frog in the swamp, the cat into the dark night, and finally, her doll takes her to a party. The dream sequence is easy to follow and colorfully illustrated by Adriano Gon.
Lively is a prolific author of both children and adult books; this one might make a good bedtime story.
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