Good Night Washington DC by Adam Gamble and Joe Veno – Book Review
Like the other books in the series, Good Night Washington DC is a simple book that uses cute illustrations and basic descriptions to highlight attractions unique to Washington, D.C.
The book kept my daughter’s attention during all of story time despite some odd and inaccurate pictures.
Fourteen different, recognizable attractions are included in Good Night Washington DC: National Zoo, cherry blossoms, Potomac River, Library of Congress, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, White House, Congress, Supreme Court, reporters, National Mall, Washington Monument, Museum of Natural History, Air and Space Museum, and the Lincoln Memorial.
While the book covers a relatively comprehensive list of identifiable destinations in the nation’s capitol, the illustrations themselves are a bit lacking. Many of the attractions are instantly recognizable in real life for one-of-a-kind architecture. Unfortunately some of the pictures fail to capture the uniqueness of the city by substituting cute pictures for more realistic imagery.
The Library of Congress, Capitol Building, and Supreme Court are all missing from the illustrations. In their place are a large, anonymous bookshelf and two pages of cute people crowded around desks. Many of the other pictures—including the cherry blossoms, White House, and Washington Monument-stay true to their real-world counterparts and make the attractions identifiable for even young children who have seen them in person.
As with the other books in the Good Night Our World series, Good Night Washington DC is ideal for any children about to visit the city. Even though older kids will be bored by the lack of a story, all children will enjoy comparing the pictures from the book with the real world version in Washington, D.C. Young babies will like the cute, colorful pictures and my daughter enjoyed looking at each picture for far longer than it took me to read every page.
Good Night Washington DC costs (including shipping) under $10 new and under $5 used from Amazon.