Goodnight, Manger by Laura Sassi

Goodnight, MangerGoodnight, Manger by Laura Sassi
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In this book, the tradition of Christmas Eve (tradition, not fact) regarding the birth of Jesus in a manger is maintained and portrayed using the “goodnight moon” series style and prose. Using traditional interpretation of wise men and shepherds, as well as a manger indoors with a bricked building, the book uses rhyming style on peach page of this board book to tell a story of how difficult it is to get a baby to go to sleep when angels are singing, donkeys are braying, and music is playing. Exceptional in its tall tale approach to a historical event, this book dramatizes the approach for the sole purpose of entertaining and making money.

There are no doubt individuals who will wish to purchase this book due to its homage to “Goodnight Moon,” but the truth is that it does not follow the Goodnight series style at all. The front cover is deceptive in this approach, suggesting that it will happen, but enclosed are pages of rhyme that do not follow “goodnight ___,” instead telling a story of how noisy a manger can be and how difficult it is to get a baby to sleep. The artwork is childish and welcoming to younger readers, but in an attempt to make an ethnically-true image of Jesus, the artist manages to portray Him as partly Asian or Hispanic instead of Middle Eastern.

Overall, this book may be enjoyable to some, but it changes a nonfiction tale to an extreme form of fiction reading, justifying modern interpretation of Christmas instead of sticking to the search for the historical Y’shua.

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