Goodnight Mo, by Story Toys, is an enchanting interactive 3D pop-up book to help parents establish a night time bed routine. Mo’s routine gets more cozy and relaxed as the book progresses, from saying Good Night to the sun and the moon outdoors to listening to a lullaby after being tucked into bed with his Teddy. Every page is filled with objects and routines familiar to toddlers and preschoolers, and is a great way to introduce daily habits such as teeth brushing and potty, by having Mo as a model. The routines appear non-threatening and may ease some more sensitive kid’s anxiety or resistance to transitions or in trying to pursue basic life skills. Going through each room, it is time to turn off the lights, and say Good Night. I love how all creatures in the book yawn, and this could be played out throughout a little one’s routine to reinforce that it is time for bed. The art work is fresh and cozy and you can shift the pages for a varied view to elongate or slow the pace down. The narration is superb. There are eight pages to this book, which I think is perfectly matched to a toddler’s attention and the given function of the book–any longer and you risk arousing the nervous system and a child who is more awake.
My only wish for this lovely book would be to have Mo say Good Night to the sun first on the opening page or eliminate the sun altogether. It makes it awkward on the first page to have the sun up, and when you first tap on Mo after the page narration, he says Good Night moon! …and then every subsequent tap on the page is coming from a night time perspective. I felt like I was back peddling to have the sun set and the moon come up. I do like the idea of the transition from day to night, but feel the execution is a bit awkward. I do not know how hard that would be to change, but would appreciate any efforts to make this a little different.
And now for the finale. Good Night parents… everywhere. Sleep Well!
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play everyday; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.