Goodnight, Veggies

Illustrator: Zachariah OHora

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Andersen Press

Age 2+

Children's & Young Adult Fiction & True Stories

As the sun begins to set over the garden, the tomatoes are tucked in, the cucumbers are calm, and the beetroots are simply beat. But what’s got them all so exhausted? Celebrate the turning of day to night in this perfect bedtime ritual for plants - and humans - everywhere!


Diana Murray writes poetry and books for children. Her other books include City Shapes, Summer Color!, One Snowy Day, and Doris the Bookasaurus. She grew up in New York City and still lives nearby with her husband, two daughters, and many pets.

Zachariah OHora is an illustrator and author of a number of children's books. His debut, Stop Snoring, Bernard!, received the Society of Illustrators Founder's Award and was the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child selection for 2012. His book No Fits, Nilson! was the Huffington Post Best Picture Book of the Year for 2013. He lives and works in Narberth, Pennsylvania. See more of his work at


Sweet and funny… The (intentional) sleepiness of the book’s action is balanced by the presence of a lively earthworm in a baseball cap who swoops through the color-saturated double-page spreads, athletically looping through tunnels and popping up occasionally to check out the dozing garden denizens. The childlike approach, appealing art, and relatable worm character are enough to connect story and audience…

Horn Book Horn 2020 Summer Reading List, starred review

Perfectly suited for reading aloud… the simple text, solid rhythm, and effective alliteration put this in the reach of beginning readers as well. OHora’s illustrations have a rich earthiness to them. Even the most veggie-averse kid will appreciate this cute bunch of crudités.


Featuring vibrant illustrations, lively rhymes, and playful touches…. This artful take on familiar nighttime routines is an enjoyable blend of whimsical, cozy, and sweet.


Steady rhythm, whimsical rhymes, abundant alliteration, and hand-lettered sleep-appropriate sounds to share like “zzzzz” and “snore! snore!” extend the read-aloud experience. A bedtime veggie feast for the eyes and ears.


Snuggled-in vegetables and sweet, lilting text offer an effectively snoozy bedtime rhyme.

Publishers Weekly

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