Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Good Night, Little Sea Otter: Janet Halfmann & Wish Williams

I don't think it will come as a surprise that I am a fan of children's books that star critters as the main characters. If that critter happens to be a cute, furry baby, I am in love. Needless to say, Good Night, Little Sea Otter captured my otter-lovin' heart.

It's bedtime and Little Sea Otter is putting off sleep, as so many children do, by taking time to say goodnight to every living creature he can find. Patient Mama Otter helps Little Sea Otter say goodnight to all the animals in the sea: the harbor seals and sea lions, the seagulls, the fish and crustaceans, and finally, the moon and stars.

Wish Williams illustrates this darling storybook with a combination of adorable cartoon-esque creatures, and beautiful, abstract skies and landscapes. The undersea details and colors are bright and entertaining--it's easy to imagine any kid searching the artworks for details.

I just love this book! It's so cute and so rhythmically written. What a great bedtime story!

ARC received courtesy of Star Bright Books.

Rating: $$$


  1. Oh, it sounds very cute! Otters are funny! How are YOU?

  2. Thanks so much for the wonderful review of my book. I fell in love with sea otters while researching a magazine article set in the kelp forest. Since then I've seen them in the live exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium—I could have watched them forever!

  3. Thank you for stopping by, Janet! I love the otters at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. I know what you mean when you say you could watch them forever. They are so adorable!

  4. I love the cover art!

    Can't wait for the day when I have a baby myself and thus be able to binge on picture books!