THE GOOD NIGHT STORY
Volume 21 Number 5
Author Andreas Greve states that his grandfather was a marvellous story-teller. Asked about his own story, he says, "Oh, I don't know. It's essentially a. tale about everybody arriving and then leaving again."
The Good Night Story opens invitingly:
No one was better at telling a good night story than Grampa.
Then the story within the story begins, and it is as trite as motherhood and apple pie and as dull as dishwater. The inner story is about a hunter in the woods. As Grampa names the animals the hunter is stalking, they arrive one by one. Grampa falls asleep and the animals and the boy go out to finish the story on their own. They stalk the hunter and eat his snacks. The boy then begins to tell the story to the hunter and the animals. They drop off to sleep one by one and the boy runs home. He climbs into bed and falls asleep, too.
The cartoonlike illustrations that accompany this text are humorous and winsome — just what the story is not. The illustrations alone cannot save this tedious text. The Good Night Book is not one with which to entertain a child daytime or night.
Theo Hersh is a children's librarian with the Toronto Public Library in Toronto, Ontario.
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