Goodnight, Mice! By Frances Watts



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Why is it that no matter how tired our children are at the end of the day, they become wide awake when it’s time to get ready for bed?! This delightful, rhyming picture book takes us through a (very familiar) bedtime routine with a family of super-cute mice.


Mitzi, Billy, Clementine and Oliver are so sleepy and drifting off as they play, but when Mum and Dad announce: “It’s time for bed, mice,” they suddenly become full of beans again!

The bedtime routine follows, and we eventually see all four mice, quietly settled and tucked up in bed.

Why I love it:

I particularly love the gentle, rhyming text in this story. The words flow beautifully and there is lots to discuss in the patterns and rhymes.

I also love the subject matter and the way this book makes me smile about something that drives me insane every single night: why do my kids suddenly get a huge burst of energy, right at bedtime?! I love knowing that I’m not alone in this experience and I love being able to see it in a funny, ‘normal’ way.

The mice characters are so relatable, and the story is quite charming.

Goodnight, Mice! received a Notable Book award at the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and it won the Children’s Fiction award in the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

It’s definitely worth a read.

Themes to discuss with your child:

  • Family
  • Routine
  • Feeling tired
  • Playing
  • Feeling safe and secure
  • Rhyming words
  • Rhyming patterns

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • What do you think the two medals on the cover mean? Does this influence the way you feel about reading the book?
  • How many mice can you see pictured on the cover?
  • Where do you think the mice are?
  • Give one adjective (describing word) for each mouse on the cover.
  • What age group do you think this book is aimed at? What makes you think this?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this story? Why/why not?
  • What did you notice about the words in the book?
  • What were the mice doing at the start of the story?
  • What happened when their parents told them it was time for bed?
  • Does that ever happen in our household?
  • What were some of the things the mice had to do to get ready for bed?
  • What are the things you have to do to get ready for bed?
  • If you had to use one adjective (describing word) to describe this story, what would it be?

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