Goodnight, Veggies is one of those books where I read it and think, “Huh. Did I like this story?” Then I look again and think, “Do I like the art?” I then realize that there is a worm wearing a hat and a single boot, but nothing else. This is creepy number one when it comes to dressing animals in a story. Please do not dress the worm, Zachariah Ohora.
However, despite this wardrobe malfunction, Diana Murray has text that helps counter this issue. This is a different bedtime/going to sleep story. Rhyming and sweet, we go through a garden as all the veggies snuggle down to sleep/grow in the night. The veggies read books, snore, get a little cranky, cuddle up and other bedtime routines. Kids will laugh as they see themselves getting ready for bed (of course, you might have to explain that the human child must brush their teeth as they have them and veggies do not).
If you can get past the worm slithering about, the illustrations are quite expressive and have some fun hidden treats. Yet, they are simple and straightforward; like the text is. Everything about the book is aimed at making the child relax. The publisher description says this is good for fans of Llama Llama. However, I get a Richard Scarry vibe that has been modernized.
Simple text, great for the young listener and the reader starting to read on their own. There are few puns but over all it is just a nice bedtime story.