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A slumber party…a first sleepover for Clement, the rabbit…with his friends, Jean, the elephant, and Alan Alexander, the bear.   They jump on the bed, dance, play hide-and-seek, eat, and so much more.  Just what we would want at our own slumber party!

At bedtime, finally, Maggie, the girl who lives with Clement, reads them bedtime stories and has them tell what they are thankful for.

This is a sweet, simple story that leaves you with a tug of happiness and a smile.  Nothing heavy at all and some humor tucked in around the edges makes this a perfect bedtime story.

The illustrations are done in pen and ink, pencil, and watercolor on handmade paper.  Each page is simple and uncluttered yet each is a page of colorful art.

Age Range:  3 – 6 Years


Patrick McDonnell

In 1994 Patrick McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS, which now appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries. MUTTS comic strip has received numerous awards.

In 2005, McDonnell began a children’s book career. His first children’s book, The Gift of Nothing, quickly became a New York Times Best Seller.  To name just two others, in 2007, Hug Time was another New York Times Best Seller.  Me…Jane, a biography of the young Jane Goodall, was a 2012 Caldecott Honor winner.  Many more children’s books have been written and illustrated by Mr. McDonnell.

McDonnell also had a successful career as a freelance illustrator.  “McDonnell’s website,, promotes his animal- and earth-friendly philosophy. Consistent with McDonnell’s concern for the environment, all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. He and his wife Karen O’Connell are vegetarian and happily reside with Amelie, their rescue Jack Russell terrier, and Not Ootie, their formerly feral cat.” ***

Mr. McDonnell can also be found on Twitter @MUTTScomics, on facebook @





Book Information:


Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication date:10/06/2015


Product dimensions:7.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)


*** from his website section “About Patrick”


I am a quiet woman growing each day in the LORD. Christ is my home. He is the well from which I drink. I became His 25 years ago. I am 71 so that is actually a small percentage of my life through which I could have walked closely with Him. No matter, He never stopped waiting for me. I am now a widow from a Christ-centered marriage of 25 years to Kenneth. I praise God for him. I miss him so. We had no children. I feel God’s call to be His light in this dark world. I am grateful for the love God gives to me so I may give it away. I live in Lufkin, Texas, USA (in Deep East Texas/Pineywoods). I have taught Women’s Sunday School/Bible Study, co-administrated/taught a teen girls’ annual conference. I participate in women’s Bible studies in church as well as on my own. I am a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in California, Washington, D.C., and have taught older children and adults in Oregon and Texas. I also retired from being a children’s librarian in the public library system, a job I thoroughly loved. I tutored primary-aged children who are falling behind in those early years of school until we moved in May 2017.

7 thoughts on “THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT by Patrick McDonnell

    1. Glad you came by Kelly. I am sorry to say that I will be out and about this weekend enjoying the wildflowers of Texas so no books Sunday. But next week…for sure!


  1. Aw, what a sweet little story. It does sound like the perfect bedtime story! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    This is bringing me back to those sweet little days when our girls were young and I read to them, especially at bedtime. I can also remember falling in love with so many children’s books when I took Dr. Ingham’s Children’s Literature graduate course at Belmont College.


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