I was born for adventure, a blur of motion and energy times two—
twin trailblazers up for anything.
But even explorers get tired. We fight sleep like an enemy.
Mom says rest is our friend. “If you close your eyes and dare to dream, you can go anywhere. You can do anything. Goodnight, my astronauts!”
Goodnight, Astronaut is a visually radiant junior picture book in the sub-genre of “goodnight reads”—books that are meant to be read at night to encourage young ones to fall asleep and dream. Goodnight, Astronaut meshes the dream world with the real world by exploring locales as mundane as the backyard to more out-of-this-world vistas like space and your dreaming mind. Sleeping allows kids to imagine play as their future selves; sleeping allows kids to dream without borders; sleeping allows parents take a breath of air.
Goodnight, Astronaut will help parents put their children asleep as the wordy and odd metered arrangement will have some children yawn tiredly. Those would-be astronaut readers, however, are bound to avoid travelling with the cow over the moon because of the vivid places this narrative explores. Scott Kelly tells his and his twin brother’s story in chronological order with a clear emphasis on how sleeping allows your little body to recuperate from the day’s excursions, but the real exploration happens when your mind can truly travel the world outside of your little body .This picture book is best for children who want to see the work that goes into being an astronaut and for parents who want their children to sleep faster than you can sing “Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon.”
Lonnie Freedman is a Youth Services Librarian at Vaughan Public Libraries in Ontario.