Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Review: Goodnight Faces: A Book of Masks

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Title: Goodnight Faces: A Book of Masks

Author: Lucy Schultz
Illustrator: Ana Larranaga
Publisher: Innovative Kids
Year: 2007
ISBN: 978-1584766728
Format: Board Book
Pages: 12
Age Range: Baby, Toddler
Kid Love Factor: 3.5/5
Adult Sanity Factor: 2/5

Goodnight Faces: A Book of Masks is designed to stimulate interaction between an adult and a young child. When the book is opened, there are two holes for the adult's eyes to peep through, and as the pages turn an assortment of ‘masks’ transform the adult into the characters inside, allowing for bedtime games of peekaboo.

“The man in the moon in the sky so deep says, "Now it's time to go to sleep."

Each two-page spread features a single rhyming line and an illustrated character (the moon, a bird, a mouse, a puppy, a teddy bear, and a house) going to sleep. The illustrations are simple, designed more to emphasize the eyes that will be looking through them than telling a story on their own. With the proper amount of vocal (and ocular) animation, you should be able to get your baby or toddler giggling up a storm in no time. The 'story' is short enough that it's a quick trick to memorize it and be able to play along without having to actively read, a necessity as you'll spend most of your time looking through the back of the book. As children get older, they'll likely start trying to 'read' it to you, holding it to their own faces and pretending to be the characters themselves. Which is great, because you’ll be more than tired of reciting it yourself.

Autism Spectrum Bonus: Because of the mask concept, this book may encourage eye contact or pseudo-eye contact in kids who find it stressful while minimizing distracting information from the rest of the face.  It's also great for introducing or emphasizing the concept of pretending to be something else.

Bottom Line: The mommy with the book in front of her nose wishes she had more interesting prose.


Goodnight Faces on Amazon.ca
Goodnight Faces on Amazon.com

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