Goodnight, Veggies Review
Despite the weirdly selective refusal to suspend disbelief, Madeline did actually enjoy this one.
We received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Review Date: March 25th, 2020
Written By: Diana Murray
Illustrated By: Zachariah OHora
Every veggie needs their shuteye in this restful, charming story set in the community garden.
As the sun begins to set, the tomatoes are tuckered out, the cucumbers are calm, and the beets are simply beat.
But what’s got them all so exhausted?
Celebrate the turning of day to night in this perfect bedtime ritual for plants—and humans—everywhere!
This is a sweet little book featuring such a variety of veggies! I like having books like this around because when it comes to food, I lack all the creativity I usually have in my life. It just immediately goes out the window. So when I think about what kind of veggie to add to dinner, I generally think of like two options and that’s it. Therefore, having a bunch of books that constantly reinforce the idea to my daughters that there are actual other types of veggies in the world gives me the hope that they will not suffer my memory loss when preparing meals for themselves as adults. Aside from that, we thought this was a cute story just for its moments of alliteration and the occasional pun. The artwork is the type that always makes me think that kids must love it because it looks like something they would draw. It’s a very welcoming style, I think, for kids.
But the art style and the veggies were not what Madeline ended up focusing on with this one. She could not seem to get over the fact that there was a worm wearing a hat and a shoe. Thoughts I heard throughout our initial reading of this book:
“Why would the worm wear a shoe on its butt?”
“Who gave the worm a bed? Worms live in dirt.”
Despite the weirdly selective refusal to suspend disbelief (she didn’t even bat an eye at the fact that the vegetables all had faces) she did actually enjoy this one. We even got a few giggles out of it—especially after I explained the fact that corn on the plant is called an ear. (The line says “cranky corn rolls over and covers up its ears”).