Goodnight, Good Dog

Mary Lyn Ray (Author) Rebecca Malone (Illustrator)


It's time to say goodnight. But what if a dog isn't sleepy? Intimate and accessible, this young dog story captures how a reluctant pup warms to bedtime in a way that children will recognize immediately--and find as reassuring as their own beds.

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date
November 10, 2015
8.1 X 0.4 X 10.4 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Mary Lyn Ray is the author of the New York Times bestseller Stars, which was awarded the prestigious E B. White Honor; Mud; and Pumpkins. She lives in South Danbury, New Hampshire.Visit her website at

Rebecca Malone's art is created with acrylic paint on watercolor paper. She lives in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Visit her website at


"Whether or not audiences catch the kidproxy echoes in the dog's resistance to bedtime, they'll be enchanted by the pooch's dozy meanderings and eventual sleepy example."
--Bulletin, starred review

"Ray's pleasing text recreates the dog's experiences without a wasted word. The illustrations expand the narrative and express its tone visually...A satisfying picture book that's just right for bedtime reading."

"This snuggly bedtime story shows the dog's girl going happily and quickly to sleep while he pads restlessly about the house, creating a potentially empowering contrast for human bedtime resisters."
--School Library Journal

* "The pace of the page turns gently slows down as this good dog heads to his dreams. Goodnight, Good Dog. Sure to be shelved next to Goodnight, Moon. It deserves that rarefied spot."
--Kirkus, starred review

* "Ray...again proves herself a gifted writer, capable of highly distilled poetic prose that's beautifully accessible and allusive. Malone's bright acrylics, simple shapes, and minimalist detailing...are a terriffic match; her canine hero is endearingly eager."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This effective bedtime story reminds kids that fun will be had again when they wake--but first comes sleep."
--Horn Book