cover image Goodnight, Sweetie

Goodnight, Sweetie

Joyce Wan. Cartwheel, $6.99 (14p) ISBN 978-1-338-04534-5

Wan excels at creating board books that combine irresistibly adorable cartoon graphics with text that channels intimate, lovey-dovey conversations between parent and child. In this characteristically cozy entry, she focuses on bedtime, drawing on celestial objects (“You are my wish upon a star/ My bright, shining moon from afar”) and bedroom standbys that include a hanging mobile and a bedtime story. These objects and others (a pillow, a teddy bear) are personified with small smiles and round eyes—eyes that close peacefully in the final scene, subliminally suggesting that readers do the same. All ages. [em]Agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Prospect Agency. (Aug.) [/em]