HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Why Do We Say Good Night?
Author: Champ Thornton
Illustrator: Rommel Ruiz
Publisher: New Growth Press, 2019
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 2-6
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Thornton, Champ. Why Do We Say Good Night? (Published in 2019 by New Growth Press, P. O. Box 4485, Greensboro, NC 27404). A little girl is going to bed, and her mother says, “Good night.” But the girl is afraid of the dark and wonders why her mom would call the night good when you can’t see and there are weird shapes and scary sounds. The mother tries to calm her daughter’s fears. How does she do it? What can she say to help her daughter? And will the girl listen? Nearly every parent has had to deal at one time or another with a child who is afraid of the dark.
Award-winning author George Thomas (Champ) Thornton, associate minister at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware, has written this beautifully designed book, vividly illustrated by Rommel Ruiz, to help parents bring comfort and encouragement to their children at night with three facts about God, reminding them that the Lord is always near. As the mother and daughter talk, they remember together how that God made the night, He sees in the dark, and He watches over us just like a shepherd protects his sheep.
We adults understand that a child’s fears are imaginary, but to the child they’re very real. This book doesn’t just dismiss those fears out of hand but points to trust in a loving heavenly Father who cares for us as the answer for dealing with them. Why Do We Say Good Night? could start a new nighttime tradition for parent and child to read together about why we can say that the night is good. Thornton is also the author of several other books, including The Radical Book for Kids and Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation.