Great Big Bear and Little Bear convey a sense of furry realness—especially when Little Bear gets “a great big goodnight kiss” from Great Big Bear, a massive, comforting presence. Children listening to Haughton’s story might not fall asleep, but they’ll have to admit that it’s getting to be about that time.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The result builds on classic traditions (are the echoes of Goodnight Moon deliberate or just inevitable for the genre?) while offering the pleasure of originality. That’s what you look for in an bedtime ritual, and this is a ready-made one that families will relish adding to their oeuvre; both readers-aloud and listeners will find it hard to keep their eyes open long enough to finish the book.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
An infectious bedtime story, sure to prompt yawns in readers and their preschool listeners as well.
Preschoolers will get sleepy—very, very sleepy—as they make their way through the darkening, night-falling pages of Goodnight Everyone by Irish designer and illustrator Chris Haughton…If Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon doesn’t do the trick, Goodnight Everyone will surely send the most stubbornly awake off to slumberland.
—Shelf Awareness for Readers
While the narrative is slight, Haughton’s beautiful scenes artfully carry the story…Cozy, comforting, and perfect for bedtime.
A return home to the big bear provides cozy closure for the little bear, and for the rest of the animals, too, as closing illustrations zoom out for the “goodnight everyone” ending. “The moon is high and everyone is fast asleep.”
—The Horn Book
Against these stunning backdrops his black-and-blue animals, at once satisfyingly bulky and marvelously expressive, tell a story as old as night. The conclusion is never in doubt, but the journey is full of magic.
Rendered in a Day-Glo palette that conjures visions of ’80’s video games, Haughton’s book follows a small bear who’s definitely not sleepy – even though all his friends are going to bed.