Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Welcome in Spring with a Good Book -- Good Night Boston by Adam Gamble and Joe Veno

ISBN-13: 0-9758502-4-5, ISBN-10: 1602190038
6” x 6” boardbook with rounded corners
18 pages, 16 illustrations


Discover the wonders of Boston on your way to a good night’s sleep. Readers pass through both a day ("good morning," "good afternoon," "good evening," and "good night") and a year (spring, summer, fall, and winter) while learning about many of the delightful places and traditions that make Boston special: the Boston  Marathon, the Tea Party Ship, the swan boats, the Museum of Science, the Red Sox, and much more. Recommended for children ages four and younger.

My Thoughts:

Boston will forever hold a special place in my head, as I was born there, have family who still lives there, and enjoy visiting whenever I get a chance (and am not going there for medical appointments).  Last July for Savannah's first birthday, we brought her to Boston for the first time, and took her to Max Brenner for lunch and dessert, followed by a strong in the Public Gardens and to watch the Swan Boats.  We hope to carry on this tradition for each of her birthdays going forward.  And, when we do take her back to Boston this year, I will be sharing this colorfully illustrated board book with her.  What I love most about this book is that it captures the essence of Boston and its popular tourist landmarks including Fenway Park, Boston Harbor, Charles River and the New England Aquarium to name a few.  So, those who are from Boston, as well as those who just love to visit this great city, will love flipping through the pages to see familiar landmarks in Boston.

In addition to pointing out attractions and must see destinations in Boston, I love counting and pointing out different illustrations in the book, like the brightly colored fish on the New England Aquarium page, to the number of fans at the Boston Celtics and Bruins game.  Savannah has enjoyed this board board since I first began reading it to her a few weeks ago.  And, when she is not asking me to read it as part of her bedtime routine, I find her skimming through the pages of this short storybook during the day, pointing out things that catch her eye.

So, if you love Boston, or are planning a trip there soon with your family, why consider picking up a copy of Good Night Boston to share before, during or after your trip.  I will continue to share this book with Savannah and Arabella, as Boston is a big part of my life, and one I want them to enjoy and love, too.

About the Author:

Publisher and author Adam Gamble is a writer and photographer from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He has served since 1995 as publisher of the regional book company On Cape Publications, where he has edited and overseen the production of dozens of books in a variety of genres. He is author of two books of nonfiction, In the Footsteps of Thoreau and A Public Betrayed. Mr. Gamble has conceived, researched, written, and supervised the illustration of the Good Night Our World series of boardbooks. He enjoys learning about children’s books under the tutelage his two young children, Miki and Jack.

About the Illustrator:

Joe Veno’s artwork encompasses many areas, from children’s books and games to multidimensional sculptures. Within the Good Night Our World series, he has also illustrated Good Night Boston, Good Night New York City, and Good Night Chicago. His client list includes Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt Brace, Target, BP Oil, Honeywell, Hostess, Hasbro, Milton Bradely, Dunkin Donut, and Gummy Candies. Mr. Veno attended the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art. He lives with his wife, Tara, in a small town north of Boston. They have two grown children.

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.

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