Good Night, Little Bookstore

by Amy Cherrix (Author) E B Goodale (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Part lullaby, part love song, this perfectly pitched bedtime book gives a nod to its classic predecessors as it champions the vibrant independent spirit of local bookstores.

Join the Little Bookstore's friendly staff as they draw the curtain on another busy day of browsing and matchmaking. Choose a bedtime story, say your good nights, and pet the shop's feline mascot on your way out. Snuggle up to a loved one for a read-aloud, then drift off to sweet dreams of adventure and enchantment to come.

Drawing on the best tradition of classic bedtime books, Amy Cherrix's lilting text brims with sound play, soothing patterns, and repetition, while E. B. Goodale's bright, inclusive artwork offers people-watching at its best, conjuring the bustling, ineffable mood of a homespun hall of treasures.

Penned by a bookseller and illustrated with warmth and zeal, this cozy homage to the neighborhood bookshop ends with a gallery of bookstores around the world, encouraging local engagement and offering a gentle reminder that books are gifts that keep giving, the most comforting treasure of all.

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Kirkus Reviews

The artwork has beautifully established details. 

Publishers Weekly

"Good night, little bookstore.// Time to close! // Good night, picture books, // face-out in rows." With engaging simplicity, the creators combine the intimate world of an independent bookstore with the rhythmic verse of a bedtime read. As the shop, called Little Bookstore, shuts up for the night, Goodale's (Also) mixed-media artwork portrays people of varying body types and skin tones making last purchases, interacting with leashed dogs and the bookstore cat, and closing up shop. Restrained images both evoke the sensibility of and hint at picture books past, employing warm, layered textures, sure black lines, and saturated colors. One spread captures the moment when a bookseller turns off the lights; on the left, human and room are lit; on the right, the room goes dark, illuminated only by a streetlight beam. Even the stuffed-to-bursting recycling bags are drawn with care. At last, Cherrix (Animal Architects) bids good night to all the world's bookstores, each imagined with a sign in a different language, in an inclusive volume that celebrates the bookstore as a cozy, comfortable--and crucial--corner of community. Ages 2-5. Author's agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator's agent: Lori Kilkelly, LK Literary. (Sept.)

Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

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Amy Cherrix
A former children's book editor and book buyer at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina, Amy Cherrix now writes fulltime. Her books include the nonfiction In the Shadow of the Moon, Backyard Bears, Eye of the Storm, Animal Architects, and Animal Superpowers. She earned a master's degree in children's literature from Simmons University. If she isn't writing or scouring the internet for late-breaking science news, you can find her on Instagram @AmyCherrix.

Chris Sasaki is an animation art director, illustrator, and writer living in Oakland, California. He worked at Pixar Animation Studios and designed characters for Monsters University, Inside Out, Coco, and Onward. His work has been featured in Nucleus Gallery, Cartoon Brew, The New York Times, and Red Cap greeting cards. Chris is the illustrator of Animal Architects, Home Is a Window, and Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist, which received the 2019 Dilys Evans Founders Award from the Society of Illustrators.
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Publication date
August 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV047000 - Juvenile Fiction | Books & Libraries
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV023000 - Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles | City & Town Life
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