Laura Sassi and Jane Chapman have crafted a brilliant bedtime book based on the narrative of Noah and the Ark in The Bible. Laura, the author, captured the chaos that may have ensued as a storm engulfs the ark floating on the open waters. The unique animals that they chose: boars, skunks, and quail to name a few, offer a delightful change from the typical Children’s book. Jane Chapman’s illustrations are bright and detailed, with textures that bring the story to life! The most fun and engaging aspect of Sassi’s story-telling is the use of onomatopoeia’s. While this children’s book is geared for those 4-8, younger children may enjoy it as well!
The message of Goodnight, Ark is simply meant to help the reader understand what it may have been like to live on the ark with the animals, and there isn’t really a strong spiritual message portrayed here. If you are looking for a narrative of Noah and the Ark, this isn’t the book for you. However, if your young reader enjoys animals and fun noises, they will likely love this bedtime tale.
I found the illustrations to be exquisite, colorful, and entertaining. Even the boars and sheep have expression! The textures bring the animals to life and one could even begin to feel like they are a fly on the wall of the ark, watching the entire escapade unfold.
I would recommend this book as a gift book. Ideally, I am sure older preschoolers and young elementary children would enjoy it, but I found that my 2-year-old also loves it! This would make an excellent birthday gift or present for a baby shower. I will look forward to seeing more of Laura Sassi’s work!
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