Project Description


Nighty Night!

by Margaret Wild
illustrated by Kerry Argent

It may be time for bed, but these baby animals don’t want to say goodnight!

It’s bedtime on the farm, but the baby animals aren’t ready to go to sleep. Mother Sheep, Father Duck, Mother Hen, and Father Pig are in for a big surprise when they go to tuck their little ones in: none of the babies are in their own beds! Once the bedtime mix-up is finally straightened out, the parents realize the fun has just begun! Instead of sleep, the baby animals want another story, a drink of water, kisses, and more. Will these baby animals ever be ready to say “Nighty night?”

Kids who aren’t ready to say good night (and parents who are) will be charmed by this happy story with cheerful illustrations, which is sure to become a bedtime favorite.

Paperback: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-812-7
Total Pages: 32
Size: 9 x 10 1/2
Language: English
Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 52401
AR Reading Level: 1.7
AR Points: 0.5

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: L
F&P Grade: 2


“Mischievous mix-ups rule in this fun-loving tale of barnyard babies who stave off the bedtime hour for as long as possible…. Wild and Argent depict these antics through simple, rhythmic sentences and muted watercolors that lend a cozy, snuggle-up feel to the story….Young readers won’t want these characters to say good night and will surely use this book to forestall their own imminent bedtimes.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Children and the adults who read to them will relish this delightful depiction of bedtime stalling…. The richly saturated artwork has wonderful depth and captures the animals’ expressions and actions with wit and charm. A humorous look at bedtime on the farm and also at home.” ―Booklist

“Wild scores again with a barnyard of animal babies who won’t go to bed…. The repeated phrases will be sure to have sleepy children chiming in and Argent’s strong, rich watercolors offer beguiling parents and offspring. A delightful bedtime treat that could stir up ‘little rascals.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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“Argent’s lovely watercolor illustrations highlight the character’s humorous expressions…. This rhythmic, repetitive bedtime story will lull kids to sleep and comfort tired parents.” ―School Library Journal

“…good readers-aloud will make hay out of the multitude of barnyard noises required, and the audience will relish the silly animal mismatchings and the jocular imprecations upon their discovery…. The bright-eyed animals are plump and endearing…. Parents with noted gifts for mimicry and youngsters just getting ready for Dick King-Smith’s animal-lovers’ oeuvre will find this just right to end the day.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Meet the Author

Margaret Wild is an award-winning author of over thirty books for children. Her books have been published around the world and include Nighty Night!, Old Pig, Fox,Midnight Babies, The Pocket Dogs, Tom Goes to Kindergarten, The Very Best of Friends, and Jenny Angel. She lives in Australia.

Meet the Illustrator

Kerry Argent has illustrated numerous children’s books, including One Woolly Wombat, Wombat Divine, Sleepy Bears, and Sebastian Lives in a Hat. With author Margaret Wild, Kerry has created Nighty Night! and Miss Lily’s Fabulous Pink Feather Boa. She lives in Australia.