Review of Laura Sassi’s GOODNIGHT, ARK

Goodnight, Ark







If you like surprise endings, you will LOVE  Laura Sassi’s picture book, GOODNIGHT, ARK.

This new take on the story of Noah’s ark is written in short, pithy rhymes, beginning with:

Bed are ready.

Food is stored.

Noah hollers,

“All aboard!”

The storm bringing the rain that floats the boat is a bit scary. Some of the animals find it hard to sleep. Now for the surprise: But I’m not telling.

Eventually everyone gets back to bed and

Noah smiles

In the dark.

“Goodnight, friends.”

“Goodnight, Ark.”

Sometimes kids need to know that other people (and critters) have a hard time sleeping, but going to sleep can be fun. This is a special bedtime book.

The illustrations by Jane Chapman add a whimsical aspect to the story with pairs of some of the usual—and some unusual—animals on the ark. The double-spread outside view of the ark in the storm is quite beautiful.

I am happy to share with you that Laura and I are in a critique group together, Pens and Brushes. She is an excellent critiquer and has a beautiful blog, Laura Sassi Tales,

Laura Sassi



Laura lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children, and a black Cockapoo named Sophie. She has a facility for telling humorous stories in rhyme. Her work has appeared in Highlights for Children, Cricket, Ladybug, Spider and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr.

I recommend GOODNIGHT, ARK for people aged 3 and up.

It’s published by Zonderkidz and is available at your local bookstore and Amazon.



7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tinamcho
    Oct 03, 2014 @ 19:13:54

    Nice review of Laura’s book!


  2. barbarabockman
    Oct 03, 2014 @ 21:27:02

    Thanks, Tina. I love it and am very proud of Laura.


  3. pennyannecole
    Oct 03, 2014 @ 22:16:52

    Hi Barbara, It sounds like a very cute, sweet book. Thanks for sharing. Penny (


  4. Susan Hornbach
    Oct 03, 2014 @ 23:28:36

    Sounds wonderful Barbara. Children love stores they can relate to.


  5. mirkabreen
    Oct 03, 2014 @ 23:35:55

    Thank you for pointing your readers to this DELIGHTFUL picture book. We’re customers! 😀


  6. Nancy Stewart
    Oct 04, 2014 @ 08:14:48

    This is a lovely review, Barbara, and sounds like a delightful book!


  7. barbarabockman
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 17:32:24

    Hi Penny, Susan, Mirka, and Nancy, I’m very happy you looked at the review of this terrific book and left comments.


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