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Good night sun and other stars,
good night Saturn, Venus, Mars.
Elsewhere in the world it's light,
it's morning there, but here it's night.

As the sun sets from east to west, this book takes children on a magical round-the-world journey to bid good night to the world's natural wonders, from plants and animals to mountains, oceans, and wide desert plains. Willa Perlman's soothing, lyrical text combines with Carolyn Fisher's sweeping illustrations to paint a vivid picture of everything, everywhere going to sleep--including an imaginative little boy.

Photograph by Scout Iozzia

Willa Perlman is a former publishing executive who now runs a recruitment firm. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and Good Night, World is her first book.

Photograph by Becky Ackroyd

Carolyn Fisher is the author and illustrator of The Snow Show, as well as the illustrator of Goodnight, World by Willa Perlman and Weeds Find a Way by Cindy Jenson-Elliot. She teaches illustration at the Alberta College of Art and Design, and she regularly tours the country talking to people about art and book. She lives with her husband and their son in Calgary, Canada. Visit her online at

"Good Night Moon goes global in this lovely ode to the world...Children will love poring over the lush pictures in this gentle nighttime lullaby."–School Library Journal

"Perlman's...couplets put a particular emphasis on the book moves from celestial to earthly realms. With an amalgam of textures, batiklike patterns, and images within images, Fisher' offer somewhat abstracted visions of familiar motifs--planets in the sky, breaking waves, animals in their habitats."
--Publishers Weekly, May 23, 2011

"There is much to see and think about in the illustrations for this simple bedtime rhyme. Fittingly, the text concludes with a list of ways to say goodnight in 16 languages, written in appropriate scripts and including pronunciations. A sweet dream, indeed."
--Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2011

"Splendid pictures that navigate the earth as night arrives and a small blond-haired child’s sweet wonder at the imagined journey raise this offering above most going-to-bed books.... By the time the child curls up in an earth-blue ball filled with the shadowy outlined shapes of the animals encountered in the good-night litany, listeners will be ready for their own sweet dreams.... This is a beautiful addition to a traditional picturebook topic."

--Booklist, July 1, 2011

More books from this illustrator: Carolyn Fisher