Winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2012 for Children’s Fiction
CBCA's Notable Australian Children's Books for Young Readers 2012
Kiss Dad once.
Cuddle Mum twice.
′Goodnight, Mum and Dad.′
It′s time to say goodnight -- but the four cheeky mice skittering, scampering and scurrying to bed don′t seem very sleepy!
This warm, affectionate story is the perfect bedtime book for the whole family to share.
Praise for GOODNIGHT, MICE!
′the perfect bedtime book ... told at a cleverly thought-out pace that should ensure a yawn before the final page ... Illustrator Judy Watson′s detailed expressions on the four mouslings are fun, funny and rewarding upon further visits′ COURIER-MAIL
′an ideal bedtime read for parents keen on winding things down for the sleepy train. Squeak!′ KIDS-BOOKREVIEW.COM
′a story filled with warmth and family love ... This is sure to become a book young children and parents will be happy to read again and again′ AUSSIEREVIEWS.COM
′utterly flawless use of rich and poetic language ... a bedtime story to read aloud with gusto, to delight in and to savour. Very highly recommended′ SYDNEY′S CHILD
′this is a charming, funny and reassuring story for littlies to follow the going-to-bed ritual ... Recommended′ MAGPIES
′Watts knows how to break up a story′s rhythm by using a refrain, making a story which will be read again and again. Watson′s mice are individuals and the many untold stories in the pictures will be pored over by avid three and four-year-old listeners.′ WEST AUSTRALIAN
About the Author
Frances Watts spent nearly ten years working with some of Australia’s most talented children’s authors and illustrators as an editor before writing a book of her own. Her bestselling picture book Kisses for Daddy (illustrated by David Legge), was named an Honour Book in the Early Childhood category of the 2006 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, and has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide in many different languages. Her second picture book with David Legge, Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books, won the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books in the 2008 CBCA Book of the Year awards. Captain Crabclaw’s Crew is the third book by this successful team. As well as continuing to write picture books, Frances has been working on a series of junior novels about two very unlikely superheroes, Extraordinary Ernie and Marvellous Maud, with the heroic illustrator Judy Watson. The third book in the series, The Greatest Sheep in History, will be published in April 2009.
Frances lives in Sydney’s inner west, and divides her time between writing and editing.