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Goodnight, Manger

Format: Hardcover

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Goodnight, Manger, written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Jane Chapman, tells the story of Mary and Joseph as they try to get Jesus to sleep in the noisy stable after his birth. Told in gentle, lulling rhyme, Goodnight, Manger is an adorable and tender bedtime story, for Christmas or any time of year.


Goodnight, Manger, written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Jane Chapman, tells the story of Mary and Joseph as they try to lull Jesus to sleep in the noisy stable after his birth. It's bedtime for Baby Jesus, but who knew a manger could be so loud? Mama, Papa, and all of the animals try to lull the baby to sleep, but between itchy hay, angels' joyful hosanas, and three kings bearing noisy gifts, it's just too loud. Until Mama finds a way for everyone to work together to shepherd Baby into peaceful dreams under the twinkling stars. With sweet, rhyming text in the style of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Goodnight, Manger offers a unique twist on the classic manger tale, deftly weaving together the comforting and familiar routines of bedtime with the special magic and wonder of the manger story.

Contributor(s) Laura Sassi , Jane Chapman
About the Contributor(s) Laura Sassi

Laura Sassi has a passion for telling humorous stories in rhyme. She writes daily from her century-old home in New Jersey where she lives with her husband, two children, and a black Cockapoo named Sophie.

Jane Chapman

Jane Chapman is a multi award-winning artist who has illustrated over one hundred books including five New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Southern England with her husband, Tim Warnes, two children and five chickens. Visit Jane Chapman at


UPC 025986745561
ISBN-10 031074556X
ISBN-13 9780310745563
Release Date Oct 6, 2015
Weight (lbs) 1.4250
Height 10.25
Width 10.25
Length 32
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $16.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Cindy
Overall Rating
I adored this book. It is written from Mary's point of view. The frustrations she must have faced trying to get a baby to sleep, in a noisy stable. I thought it was adorable. Getting a baby to sleep is serious work for a mommy, and it was endearing to think that Mary faced those frustrations also. I love rhyming stories so that was the icing on the cake so to speak. And the artwork was so vivid and colorful. Very eye catching for little ones. A wonderful book, great for any little one. 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. (Posted on 12/16/2015)
Review by Fitzysmom
Overall Rating
Each year for the month of December I wrap up 24 Christmas books for each of my grandchildren's homes. I'm always on the lookout for a new title to add to the mix. This year I came across Goodnight Manger and decided it had to be included.

We have previously enjoyed Goodnight Ark so I was pretty sure the kiddos would like this one as well. The combination of Sassi's witty rhyming verse and Chapman's vibrant illustrations make both of the books appealing to the younger crowd as well as the narrator.

My favorite verse from the story is this:

"Mama's frantic,
In a tizzy.
Who knew stables
Were so busy?"

Truer words have not been spoken! Can you just imagine the real scene? Smelly and noisy animals. Itchy hay. Angels singing. Shepherds and Wisemen visiting. Didn't they know a baby needs its sleep? (Not to mention the momma!) But of course this is no ordinary baby. This is the long anticipated Messiah so of course the angels are going to sing and the shepherds and wisemen are going to come and pay homage.

But in the end after a few choruses of Away in the Manger perhaps, everything and everyone settles down and finds rest.

We enjoyed this somewhat silly telling of the Nativity story. While all the facts aren't included and it doesn't stick strictly to Scripture it is still a delightful tale to read to your little one as they too drift off to sleep.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. (Posted on 12/2/2015)
Review by Praises of a Wife and Mommy
Overall Rating
I enjoyed Laura Sassi's "Goodnight Ark" about Noah's Ark and this was also adorable. I love the simple way Laura explains the story but yet keeps it fun with the rhyming. This story is a great addition to share at Christmas time and is perfect for the younger aged kiddos.

This book has humor and left me questioning what it really would have been like in the stable when Jesus was born. Laura add's a lot of humor with how she envisions living in a stable from animal noises to itchy straw for Jesus's bed. (Posted on 11/20/2015)
Review by samantha
Overall Rating
We are doing the 25 books of December and one of the books that I'll be wrapping up for my children to open is, Goodnight, Manger. This is an adorable book that puts us at the manger the night of baby Jesus birth.

This is an adorable book that I can't wait to share with my children. As I mentioned earlier, this book places us at the manger the night that Jesus was born. Mary and Joseph are very proud parents of course, but like all of us parents, we look forward to the time when our little one can finally drift off to dreamland. Mama is tired and wanting to rest, but we all know that baby has to be the first to sleep.

Like all newborns, Jesus had a lot of visitors the night he was born and without a doubt, the manger was a very busy and loud place. This book brings a sweet rhyming text to trying to get everyone to "Shhhh" and getting the baby to sleep. Goodnight, Manger is going to make a fantastic bedtime story.

**I was sent this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion** (Posted on 11/18/2015)
Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
Who knew barns were so busy? Was this what Mary thought all those years ago in that stable with Joseph and baby Jesus? Goodnight Manger is a precious picture book perfect for little ones. I think bedtime would be the best time for a read aloud from the book considering it is centered around sleeping.

Set about with beautiful illustrations and dramatic prose that send the new parents reeling because they don't want their baby awake due to all the activity from His birth. It was a sweet, soft, just precious book about Jesus' birth story.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. (Posted on 11/11/2015)
Review by Julia
Overall Rating
Good Night Manger is a hardback book written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by Jane Chapman. This book tells the story of a night when baby Jesus couldn’t sleep. The rhyming words describe how the noises in the stable makes baby Jesus cry and then how the animals and visitors try to help Mary and Joseph get him to sleep.

Waaawh! “SHH” brays Donkey.” Time for bed. Here’s a pillow for your head.
Hay smells sweet. But how it itches! Baby wriggles, squirms and twitches.

Who knew how crazy that stable was when Jesus’ was born?

What a great story to start a Christmas Eve or bedtime tradition with.

(Posted on 11/11/2015)
Review by
Overall Rating
Goodnight, Manger is a children's picture book, written in rhyme. This book by Laura Sassi is a fun, fictional story about the events surrounding Jesus' birth. (Laura Sassi has also written another cute book about the animals on board Noah's ark called Goodnight, Ark.)

Goodnight, Manger is both fun and funny, and I can see this becoming one of our favorites. A few pages are written with the anticipation on one page and the completed rhyme on the next page, giving a good chance for your young ones to join in with their guesses.

Although the title may lead you to believe otherwise, Goodnight, Manger is not a Goodnight Moon-style book (where you are saying "goodnight" to something on each page). Rather, Goodnight, Manger is a story about the animals and events surrounding Jesus' birth. (Just incase it needs to be stated explicitly - this is a fictional story, not to be mistaken with a biblical account.)

The illustrations in Goodnight, Manger are fabulous. Illustrator Jane Chapman has done a wonderful job of creating images that are attractive and fun, giving the reader a lot to look at. The colors are a touch more muted than you might find in many other children's books, which I appreciate. Each illustration covers a full two-page spread.

Overall, I recommend Goodnight, Manger and think it would be a great addition to any family's bookshelf.

FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 11/10/2015)
Review by Penny
Overall Rating
“Goodnight, Manger” was sent to me by Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan Publishing. It was free of charge, in exchange for my honest review.
“Goodnight, Manger” is a Christian children’s book written by Laura Sassi. The illustrations were done by Jane Chapman.
This story about how Mary is trying to put Jesus to sleep, but just can’t get the noise quietened down enough. I like how Laura Sassi uses rhyme and rhythm because children love this.
I would recommend this book to children and their parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians…anyone reading to them. Nice Christmas read.

(Posted on 11/9/2015)
Review by PENNY
Overall Rating
Laura Sassy's light-hearted rhyming text will delight little ones and encourage a giggle or two. Goodnight, Manger brings an interesting mix of characters to the stable. I love the angels Jane Chapman created. Her colorful illustrations bring the story to life. The cover is beautiful. In the book the wise men come to the manger. Although this works in the book, the Bible shows that they came much later. But that's a minor detail to a delightful telling of a night in the manger for baby Jesus. This would be a perfect story to read to children on Christmas Eve. (Posted on 11/7/2015)
Review by The IE Mommy
Overall Rating
Ready or not the Holiday season is upon us! With Halloween in a few days that means in the blink of an eye it will be Thanksgiving and then Christmas and before you know it we'll be ringing in the New Year! Doesn't it just happen faster and faster? We already started reading some Christmas books to set the mood! I thought that Goodnight Manger would be a play on Goodnight Moon where you say goodnight to everything in and around the manager but the title is where the similarities end.

This is one of those books that I really had mixed reactions to. On the positive side I really liked and appreciated that Jesus was shown as a normal, fussy baby and Mary a frustrated mom who just wanted her baby to go to sleep.

While it is often said that Jesus came just as a man, I think this is the most literal and relatable example of this I have seen. I think any mom out there would nod her head in agreement to all the tricks that we try to just get some sleep.

On the other side of it, I really did not like the illustrations particularly the depiction of angels who just really look strange. There were also moments of chaos like when the three Kings come and everything is shown as chaos, especially Mary who is frantic and "in a tizzy." It's kind of hard to put into words but it almost seems disrespectful in a way that's hard to explain. It's just not a pretty depiction of such a sacred story. It seems like there could have been a better balance between showing the reality of having a newborn baby and making almost a joke of it.

There were wonderful rhymes that makes the story very lyrical and pleasant to read. I just could have done without all the chaos and silliness for such a serious subject matter.

All that to say, I'm sure there are many people are not as serious as me that would enjoy this book without having the negative reaction to it that I did. It's definitely not your typical rendition of this story. Goodnight Manger is as down to earth view of Jesus as a baby as I've ever read. (Posted on 10/28/2015)
Review by KLE
Overall Rating
Goodnight Manger is a children’s book that takes the original birth of Jesus and puts a bedtime spin on it…rather than tell you the story of Jesus’ birth it shows you how hard it is to put a baby to sleep with a lot going on and lots of noise; however the noise makers are the angels, animals, and 3 kings. Mom and Dad get baby to sleep and then something happens that’s wakes up the baby, so it cries and the process repeats a few times; the book is a good book for children 5 and under in my opinion, my preschooler can hold attention while this story is going but my third grader wouldn’t be able to because it’s not written in his age group. The story overall is really short and catchy, the illustrations are beautiful and very colorful; the book is hardcover with glossy pages which makes it a great book for say a nursery or young child’s room, would make a great Christmas gift for soon to be parents. I highly recommend this book!

Disclaimer: I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review; all thoughts and opinions herein are that of my own. (Posted on 10/1/2015)

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