A children’s book was released this week that celebrates the Guardians of the Galaxy and no doubt springs from the idea of Baby Groot in the upcoming film–Night Night, Groot. And it is delightful. Written by Brendan Deneen and illustrated by Cale Atkinson, the book has a fun premise–that Groot is trying to be a good Baby Groot and go to bed, but his duties in saving the galaxy keep getting in the way.
It’s actually classified by Amazon as “Children’s Superhero Comics”, which is fair enough, though it is more of a hybrid of picture book format and comics format with limited speech balloons. That may just perfect for introducing very young children to the visual literacy of comics, getting used to the existence of speech bubbles and understanding how they work.
Here’s the adorable description:
It’s been a long day for baby Groot and he’s ready to be tucked in for bed. Just as his eyes start to close, Rocket Raccoon bursts onto the scene! Groot can’t go to sleep yet, there’s a whole galaxy that needs to be defended and they must work together to save the day! Then maybe, just maybe, Groot will finally get the rest he deserves!
Baby Groot even hangs out with other Marvel heroes, even though he should, really, be in bed.
But it’s really Rocket who gets him into all kinds of trouble, as you might expect:
The quality of artwork on this book is such that you may well want to purchase this book whether or not you have a specific young reader in mind, but gifting it is also an attractive alternative. It’s just some of the cutest Guardians artwork you’ll see, and one that makes you appreciate the world of the comics in new ways.
Released this week, Night Night, Groot, is currently available in shops and online.