Title: Merry Christmas, Nighty Night
Author: Michael W. Smith with Mike Nawrocki
Illustrator: Tod Carter
Painter: Chuck Vollmer
“And as the soft strings of the instruments rang the kids closed their eyes and the Nighty Nights sang …” Michael W. Smith with Mike Nawrocki writes in the children’s book, Merry Christmas, Nighty Night.
~ What ~
Part of the Nurturing Steps series, this twenty-two-page board book with a padded front cover and rounded corners targets children ages four years old and older. With no scary scenes, it is a story about two children sung to sleep by a band of three stuffed animals called the Nighty Nights on Christmas Eve. Fully painted illustrations grace most of the pages.
With an introduction page that includes a space to write in the owner’s name, presenter, and date, this tale involves two children anticipating Christmas morning and unable to go to sleep. After their parents discuss sugarplums, pray, and say goodnight to them, the three beloved animals come to life and help the kids fall asleep by singing “Silent Night.”
This is a nice story for those who get excited about waiting for Christmas to come. I liked that the parents spent time with their children, especially when the father prays to God. Telling the tale in rhyme makes it engaging, and the critters are cute and adorable.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with God may not understand why it is necessary to pray to God. Some may think the drawings are too simplistic and lack details.
~ Wish ~
As a Christian, I wish that the father did not mention helping Saint Nick (aka Santa Claus) as it deters from the main reason for celebrating the holiday: it is Christ’s birth.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a nice bedtime story about Christmas that includes the words to an iconic holiday song, this is a thoughtful read.
Thanks to Zblog Squad for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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