Good Night Wheedle by Stephen Cosgrove and illustrated by Robin James (Sasquatch, 2016) which is going to be released tomorrow in board book form is an absolute Seattle treasure.
When you think of Seattle, you probably think of the iconic Space Needle that has graced the Seattle skyline since 1962, but you may not know the true story of the light that boldly blinks at the top. Let me start by sharing with you one of the most cherished stories for PNW petites. Wheedle on the Needle, this lovely story was first published in 1974 and since then has gone through some changes, but most recently has reverted back to the message that so impacted Seattleites for years.
What you will find, in Good Night Wheedle, is that our beloved Wheedle is tired one day. He plays too hard with the clouds on his mountain top and then he forgets his midday snack…yikes (we can all relate to what happens next).
Our dear Wheedle, not wanting to miss out, becomes a tiresome mess. He packs his bag and heads into town looking for a quiet place to sleep. What do you know the perfect place to sleep is high above the clouds snuggled up on top of the Space Needle; where alas he can find the perfect place for slumber. At night, you can still see his nose blinking away as he sleeps soundly.
This rhyming tale is quite perfect and would be a lovely book for any Seattle babe to get acquainted with the true story of the light at the top of the needle.
Bloggers note: this book was given to me Sasquatch Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own. Thank you to Sasquatch for use of the images in this post.