This delightful little board book by Laura Stassi explores what the manger scene mus have really looked like with a newborn baby and a barn full of animals. Goodnight, Manger is the nativity story as you've never heard before. Mary, Joseph, and friends try to put baby Jesus to bed amidst braying donkeys, itchy hay, and singing angels. This silly rhyming story will have your kiddos giggling from beginning to end. Mommy and Daddy too. My favorite rhyme is the scene in which the animals are everywhere, kings are knocking at the door, and Mary's on the verge of a nervous breakdown:
In a tizzy.
Who knew stables
Were so busy?
I think we new mom's have all been there a time or two. :-)
And while the story is a fun adventure, it was really the illustrations that stole the show. Chapman's illustrations of a frantic Mary, friendly kings, and celebrating angels pop off the page. I just love the color in this book and I'm sure you will too.
Following along in the fun style of Goodnight, Ark, this book would make a wonderful Christmas gift or addition to your Christmas Book Advent.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.