Now this collection of beautiful nature-themed poems by Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Moon) comes in an adorable board edition–still gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists. Fluffy clouds, butterflies, furry bunnies, and life from a bug’s-eye view: This stunning sequel to TheNew York Times bestseller Goodnight Songs celebrates the beauty and wonder of nature all year long. Once again, a treasure trove of Margaret Wise Brown’s newly discovered verses receives loving treatment from 12 award-winning artists, including Floyd Cooper, Peter Brown, David Small, Molly Idle, and Bob Staake. From a little bear singing one morning in May to a soft snowfall, mysterious, deep, and glowing, each song is magical. The array of award-winning illustrators who bring Wise Brown’s songs to life are: Peter Brown, Floyd Cooper, Leo Espinosa, Blanca Gómez, Molly Idle, Elly MacKay, Dadu Shin, David Small, Bob Staake, Satoe Tone, Frank Viva, and Mick Wiggins.
I had the hardest time giving this book a number rating! I love that each poem is illustrated by a different fantastic illustration—it’s so fun to see each of the different styles as you flip through and how their illustrations impact the tone of the poems. I personally find that unpublished works of great authors from the past often aren’t their best work, so the fact that this is from a cache of unpublished Margaret Wise Brown poems makes me a little skeptical and it’s definitely not something you can sit down and read cover to cover with most kids. I’d suggest treating it as something where you read a poem or two in a quiet moment and then put it away for another time.
Margaret Wise Brown is one of the most popular children’s authors of all time; her classic Goodnight Moon (HarperFestival), illustrated by Clement Hurd, has sold more than 24 million copies, and her books—including Big Red Barn (Harper Festival), The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins), and The Golden Egg Book (Simon & Schuster)—have been in print for over 50 years. Several generations have grown up with her timeless stories and her influence has been felt around the world. (Bio via Sterling Fall 2018 Catalog.)