Whatbooknext? ~ ” From the front cover of empty beds to the back cover of full ones, this bedtime book is just wonderful. A vista of a New Zealand landscape shows the reader the sun, yawning wide as he goes down behind the clouds. A small child, with a teddy in one hand, climbs into bed. Page after page of settling creatures, both native and not, are going to sleep.
Each page settles the reader even more as it shows the local creek, the pig pen, paddock and ponies with heavy lidded eyes. The sun’s rays are deepening into oranges and reds until finally swept away by darkening skies. Down tunnels, under oceans and across beaches we go, until we reach a tree where a kiwi is wakening.
As always, Donovan Bixley’s illustrations are full of things to look at and treasures to discover. I love the hills on the first page and all the connections to Bixley books we know and love and other kiwi treasures too. Check out the beds on the inside back cover – now full and captioned with bedtime wishes.
A calm, restful, perfect book for bedtime with a Goodnight in te reo. Pōmārie. Gorgeous.”
About the Kiwi author
Find out more about multi-award winning, Taupo-based Kiwi author and illustrator Donovan Bixley on his profile page.