Goodnight, Butterfly (A Very Impatient Caterpillar Book)

by Ross Burach (Author) Ross Burach (Illustrator)

This laugh-out-loud companion to The Very Impatient Caterpillar and The Little Butterfly That Could is perfect for bedtime--or any time! A delightful complement to the classic, Goodnight, Moon!

Who needs to sleep at night, anyway? There's so much I'd miss! I'll just be nocturnal too. What do you think? I think we need to get you back to sleep. Readers will laugh themselves silly as they learn to find their inner calm and settle for sleep--even when they wake in the night--while also discovering the difference between nocturnal and diurnal animals.

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Kirkus Reviews

It wouldn't be Burach's style without one more final, silly twist. Chatty dialogue in different colored speech bubbles amps up the wit. . . .Fun bedtime fare that's sure to have little ones nodding along before nodding off.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--Awakened in the middle of the night, a hyperactive butterfly, aided by an eternally patient porcupine, launches a series of increasingly silly attempts to get back to sleep. Burach's mannered humor, stuffed with postmodern gags, winking references, and slapstick action beats, seem to be aimed at adults. The stylized illustrations, made with pencil, crayon, acrylic paint, and digital coloring, recall a self-consciously zany comic strip--an effect magnified by the choice to eschew narration entirely in favor of snappy back-and-forth dialogue in colored speech bubbles. The brief allusions to the phenomenon of nocturnality shoehorned in along the way contribute little to the atmosphere, as they are too slight to be informative and too dry to be funny. Unlike the antic pacing found in a Mo Willems's book, which creates a narrative arc and leads to a conclusion, this is frenetic without focus. VERDICT The irreverent humor and wacky visual aesthetic, while amusing enough, may fly over the heads of children.--Jonah Dragan

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Ross Burach
ROSS BURACH is the creator of the riotously funny Very Impatient Caterpillar series that includes The Very Impatient Caterpillar; The Little Butterfly That Could; Goodnight, Butterfly; and Make Way for Butterfly. All the books combine humour with curriculum-friendly science topics and relatable social-emotional themes. Ross's other acclaimed books include the picture book Truck Full of Ducks, the board books I Love My Tutu Too!, Potty All-Star, Hi-Five Farm!, and Hi-Five Animals!, named the best board book of the year by Parents magazine, and the Acorn early reader series Bumble and Bee. Ross lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit him online at
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Guided Reading Level
Scholastic Press
Publication date
August 02, 2022
A Very Impatient Caterpillar Book
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV009010 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Alphabet
JUV029010 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | Environment
JUV002360 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Nocturnal
JUV002300 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Butterflies, Moths & Caterpillars
Library of Congress categories
Humorous fiction
Nocturnal animals

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