Night, Night, Groot
It’s bedtime in outer space and Little Groot is ready to be tucked into his flowerpot. But wait! Little Rocket seems to have other plans! Instead of sleeping, he drags Groot out for another adventure. They fight bad guys and fly rocket ships with their grown-up friends Thor, Hulk, and Gamora. Or do they? Perhaps it is just a dream Groot is having…
Night, Night, Groot by Brendan Deenan is a wonderful way for parents to share some of their favorite Guardians of the Galaxy characters in an age-appropriate way. The illustrations by Cale Atkinson are bright and dynamic and will keep children engaged in the story. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is that there are really two stories running consecutively. The voice of the narrator is rhythmic and gentle and certainly reminds one of traditional bed time books. The corresponding voice of Little Rocket is energetic and full of action words. This actually gives the parents the option to read only the narrator’s voice, if using it as a bedtime story, or to read both, which makes it clearly comical.
I would very much enjoy seeing an entire line of Little Groot books and look forward to more work by this writer/illustrator duo.
Brendan Deenan • Cale Atkinson, Illustrator