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Goodnight Moon :: A Bedtime Favorite

Updated on April 26, 2014

A Review of a True Classic

This book is one that every child must have. It's simple and accessible story is great for any child. Here I am in this room, these are the things around me, I am comfortable and safe here, and it is time for bed.

This is the type of story kids want read again and again. The seemingly simple illustrations have more to them then you initially see, giving you a little more each time you read it, and the stark contrast in the color and black and white pages, give the book as a whole more interest. This is a truly great work.

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon

Perhaps the perfect children's bedtime book, Goodnight Moon is a short poem of goodnight wishes from a young rabbit preparing for--or attempting to postpone--his own slumber. He says goodnight to every object in sight and within earshot, including the "quiet old lady whispering hush." Clement Hurd's illustrations are simple and effective, alternating between small ink drawings and wide, brightly colored views of the little rabbit's room.

Finding all of the items mentioned throughout the book within the pictures is a good bedtime activity--a reappearing little mouse is particularly pesky. By the end of the little rabbit's goodnight poem, the story has quieted to a whisper, and the drawings have darkened with nightfall. As you turn the last page, you can expect a sleepy smile and at least a yawn or two.

 

Margaret Wise Brown's official site - Learn about the author of Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown wrote many children's books. Goodnight moon and The runaway Bunny were both illustrated by Clement Hurd.

In the great green room

there was a telephone, and the red balloon, and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon.

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My World - by Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd

My World: A Companion to Goodnight Moon
My World: A Companion to Goodnight Moon

Originally published in 1949 (two years after Goodnight Moon) and out of print for more than 30 years, this melodic companion narrated by the endearing rabbit child introduces those elements of his life that he holds most dear. Brown's minimal text has a dreamlike, impressionistic quality reminiscent of her earlier book, yet the narrative adheres to a child's sense of logic as the bunny strings together the items and activities that fill his day.

 

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Goodnight Moon Plush

Goodnight Moon Rabbit Plush, 10"
Goodnight Moon Rabbit Plush, 10"

Based on the beloved books by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd comes this very soft And cuddly 10" Goodnight Moon plush. This bunny brings the story to life.

 

Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon - by Leonard S. Marcus

Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened By the Moon
Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened By the Moon

Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon and dozens of other children's classics, all but invented the picture book as we know it today. Combining poetic instinct with a profound empathy for small children, she knew of a child's need for security, love, and a sense of being at home in the world and she brought that unique tenderness to the page.

Yet these were comforts that eluded her. Brown's youthful presence and professional success as an editor, bestselling author, and self-styled impresario masked in security that left her restless and vulnerable. In this moving biography, Marcus portrays Brown's complex character and her tragic, seesaw life. Her literary achievement and groundbreaking discoveries about small children's emotional needs were offset by tormented romances including a passionate relationship with Michael Strange, the celebrity socialite once married to John Barrymore.

 

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Goodnight Moon Available in Other Languages

Goodnight Moon has been published in several languages.

Here you'll find it available in Spanish, French, and Vietnamese.

The Picture Book Made New: Margaret Wise Brown and Her Illustrators

The Picture Book Made New: Margaret Wise Brown and Her Illustrators
The Picture Book Made New: Margaret Wise Brown and Her Illustrators

From "Acknowledgments," by H. Nichols B. Clark:

"Margaret Wise Brown launched her writing career at a time when a rejection of the fanciful and romantic in children's literature was reinforced by a belief that the genre should reflect a new reality embodied in the ascendant industrial and urban society of America. Consequently, a significant aspect of Brown's literary output was grounded in the 'here and now,' and she gravitated to artists who shared similar modernist tendencies. To be sure, many of her stories were rooted in the imaginary, and a good fit between narrative and image was always paramount."

 

On the Walls

Decorate your walls with Goodnight Moon poster print, or growth chart.

More books by Margaret Wise Brown - Vote for your favorites, or add any I missed.

The Runaway Bunny
The Runaway Bunny

Runaway Bunny Board Book

 
Big Red Barn
Big Red Barn

Runaway Bunny Board Book

 

The Big Book

Goodnight Moon Big Book
Goodnight Moon Big Book

If you are a teacher or librarian who tends to read to a group, this Goodnight Moon Big Book is perfect. Being extra large, you can turn the book for all the kids to be able to easily see the illustrations. This would be a great item for just before nap time in a nursery school.

 

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Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales

Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales
Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales

Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's bestselling children's book headlines this winning 25-minute collection of sleepytime tales from HBO. Susan Sarandon narrates the simple story of a bunny readying for bed. Other top entertainers lend their voices to the tape: Tony Bennett sings the story of "Hit the Road to Dreamland"; Lauryn Hill brings rhythm to "Hush, Little Baby" (the best segment); Billy Crystal lends many voices to Mercer Mayer's "There's a Nightmare in My Closet"; and singers Natalie Cole, Aaron Neville, and Patti LeBelle sing other tales. A dandy video for the youngster, punctuated with "interviews" of real kids answering a host of bedtime questions. --Doug Thomas

 

Where's the cigarette?

The cigarette in the hand of illustrator Edward Hurd was digitally removed from his picture, that has been on the book for decades because it sent the wrong message" to young fans.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      All of my kids loved this book when they were younger.

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      Jackie Block 5 years ago from SE Michigan

      My favorite book to read to my kiddos before bed!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've read this many times to my granddaughter and we have loved it every tiem, Goodnight Moon!

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      When I used to babysit as a teen, I thought this book was overrated. However, I read it to my kids now and it is a great bedtime book.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Returning to tell you that 'Goodnight Moon' has now been 'featured on' and lensrolled to my just finished Squid Angel Blessings by an Elf lens.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I don't know how I missed finding this delightful 'classic' when my children were small, but since discovering it I have purchased it for my grandchildren and as gifts for every child on my gift list. Plus, a copy resides in my "Grandma Toy Box" for visiting grandchildren and friend's children! Lovely review. Lensrolled to 'For the Love of Reading' and ~~SquidAngel Blessed~~

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA

      My kids used to love to say the parts "mush" and "hush", "mittens" and "kittens." This one is a MUST OWN for everyone!

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      jodijoyous 7 years ago from New York

      You know, I never read this book until I was an adult. A colleague gave it to me as a joke.

      I was working late a lot, and she kept telling me it was past my bedtime. I finally said that if it was bedtime, I wanted a story. She brought me this book! I smile every time I see it.

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Wonderful lens! 5* and rolling this one to squidoo.com/best-board-books

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Ah, "In the great green room there was a telephone, and the red balloon, and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon." This sounds like a remarkably delightful book. Am I too old for it? ;)