A Child's Good Night Book


A Child's Good Night Book

Written by Margaret Wise Brown

Illustrated by Jean Charlot

New York, W.R. Scott, Inc., 1943

5.75" x 6.8"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

Taking their cue from Beatrix Potter's mantra—"little books for little hands"—Jean Charlot and Margaret Wise Brown crafted this diminutive bedtime book in which one by one, everything and everyone—fish, bunnies, children—go to sleep. Charlot, a French-Mexican artist, spent the 1920s painting murals alongside Diego Rivera. Like Brown, he later embraced the picture book in part because he sensed a clear connection between the directness and candor of the folk art that inspired him and young children's natural mode of expression.

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