Monday, December 31, 2012

Children's Book Review -- Good Night Connecticut by Christina Vrba

Good Night Connecticut 

In addition to this state, there are also many other states available.

Ages 0-3; Grades up to Pre-school
Good Night Our World series
20 Pages, 6 x 6
Formats: Board Book, Mobipocket, Apple EPUB, PDF, EPUB
PDF, $4.95 (EU $3.59) (CA $4.95) (AU $4.95) (US $4.95)
ISBN 9781602197367


"Many of North America’s most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for the continent’s natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area’s attractions, and rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place."

My Thoughts:

This is the forth book I have shared with my daughters from the Good Night series put out by One World of Books.  I had already shared the Good Night Boston book earlier in the year (as I am from MA and the Boston area originally), but I couldn't wait to receive the CT version, as this is where we have taken up roots and are raising our girls.  One of the reasons we chose to make the move to CT was for the beautiful shorelines, as well as the closeness to both MA, RI and NY.  And, once we began weekend drives to explore the area further, we fell in love with the many family attractions like Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, Lake Compounce, the USS Nautilus submarine and naval base in Groton, CT, as well as all the other hidden gems that make up beautiful CT.  

So, when I received this book, I couldn't help but read it through one time and seeing which locations in CT the author and illustrator chose to focus on.  I am happy to see many of the places I listed in the previous paragraph, as well as the quiet country roads and old stone walls and the town greens.  I live in the Quiet Corner part of the state and live amongst many of these quiet country roads and town greens, so I can see why they chose to include this.  And, when I got to the end of the board book, I couldn't help but smile, as this book really does a great job in highlighting popular family-friendly locations/attractions, and would make any CT resident happy to own this book.  Once I got around to sharing this book with the girls, I was happy to see Savannah pointing out and recognizing places we have taken her and Arabella, too.  And, when she saw the rock walls, she ran to the window and pointed to the ones that surround our house with the neighbors.

The storybook itself is easy to understand for little ones, but I think they will enjoy the illustrations more, as they are so colorful and lively.  As I flipped through the pages and talked about the places we have been, I began thinking about the memories we have shared with the girls thus far and the many more to come as they get the opportunity to grow up in beautiful CT. :-)

So, if you are a fan of the Good Night Series book, and love CT or just want to share popular attractions and landmarks of states with your family, then you will want to pick up a copy of this book.  Or, if you plan to visit CT in the new year, this would be a great way to get the children excited about some of the places they may seen.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher, in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.


  1. We have the book "Goodnight Philadelphia" (we live near Philadelphia) and we LOVE it! Our kids get so excited when we see things (in real life) that they saw in their book! We have friends that live in Connecticut and would love this book!


  2. I didn't realize that anyone had posted a review of this book... thank you so much! I really enjoyed writing it, and love hearing how readers - especially young readers - respond to it. I'll be adding your review to my list of writing links. And I agree with Maureen - the entire series is wonderful, and I hope I'll have the honor of penning another title soon.