Good Morning, Harry, Good Night, Daddy, by Katy Beebe, is an illustrated children’s story about a family with an unorthodox schedule. The father works on a train at night, while his children are asleep. When his shift is over he returns home to sleep and that’s when the day begins for his family.
The artwork created by Valeri Gorbachev is superb, with soft tones, varied colors, and plentiful detail. It is soothing to the eyes and attractive in every respect. Some of the text rhymes, and some doesn’t, but it doesn’t matter. The prose flows smoothly, every word carefully worked into the book.
The real value of Good Morning, Harry, Good Night, Daddy, by Katy Beebe, is for young children whose parent/guardian is away much of their day-to-day normal schedule. It doesn’t cast a judgment on the family at all, but instead shows how in even this type of situation, this lifestyle can work. And they make it work, bringing the grandmother in, who also plays a vital role in their lives. They have a routine, much like the father does, and they do their best to work through it. And when the father comes home after his day is over, he still spends quality time with the children, to assure them of his love. He hasn’t left them. It’s just that his schedule is different. The book shows the reader how it can work, helping to alleviate their fears and worries. Yes, Daddy is coming home, and yes, he is still involved in their lives and will continue to love them. What a great message! Highly recommended.