by Michael Dahl and Christina Forshay
I LOVE football! No matter if it is the middle of summer. There are only 81 days until the first kick off of the season between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos. Now, I have to admit I am excited once football seasons starts, but I am planning to enjoy my summer before the start of football. How am I going to do that you may ask? By reading...about football. No, not everything I read this summer will be about football, but it is a great way to enjoy the sport before the season starts.
For a young football fan, this is a wonderful bedtime story that combines the excitement of the first game of the season with an ending reminiscent of the classic bedtime story for which the title is derived, Goodnight Moon. This is not your run of the mill knock-off like we have seen so many of in recent years. The rhyming text and very colorful illustrations have been well thought out and planned for young fans.
This book is the second book in the Sports Illustrated Kids series of bedtime stories. Goodnight Baseball was release in September 2013 and this book will be released in August of 2014. Michael Dahl is no stranger to children's books. He has written a number of books for the Hello Genius series which include Duck Goes Potty, Little Elephant Listens, and Mouse Says Sorry. In fact he has written a number of wonderful non-fiction books for Capstone including, On the Launch Pad, Pull, Lift, Lower, and Toasty Toes: Counting by Tens.
For all young sports fans, I believe this will be a wonderful addition to the family library as well as a favorite book to check out from the local library. The illustrations are very colorful (Even if the burnt orange of the University of Texas is used for the "Grizzly" team colors in the book. I personally think Texas Christian University purple would have been a much better choice!). The end pages show the yard lines of the football field and begin and end the book very nicely. One of my favorite bedtime stories of 2014.
*To comply with new guidelines introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, Sports Illustrated Kids has provided a complimentary electronic copy of this book for review purposes. My review is in no way influenced by the author or publishing company and is solely my opinion.