Goodnight Already! by Jory John and Benji Davis is an odd couple story with winning illustrations that's hard to resist even if you can seen the end coming. Chipper Duck is fully caffeinated and ready to go while weary Bear is ready to drop with exhaustion. The relief on his face as he pulls up the covers is palpable.
The dance begins, Duck suggesting things to do, Bear declining. There is something about Duck (or maybe all ducks?) that is hilarious in Goodnight Already!, making you read on despite Bear's tired frustration. Also, any parent of an infant and/or toddler has experienced the tired frustration that Bear's baggy eyes reflect, and read on out of empathy as well.
Finally, Bear can bear it no more and Duck retreats to his home where, of course, he settles into a chair, opens a book and falls asleep. Bear, on the other hand, is wide awake.
Goodnight Already! will definitely get a giggle out of little listeners and adults will enjoy the tension between parent and child - um, I mean Bear and Duck...
Source: Review Copy