Goodnight Moon.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is an American picture book classic, first published in 1947. I kept hearing about this book from friends who were read it when they were children and are now reading it to their babes. It sounded charming enough so I sought it out at the library. Hmmmmm. An odd green, red and orange book about a bunny and a room with an old lady and a bowl of mush?! Appealing? I didn’t think so! Nevertheless I tried it out on Wren to gage her reaction…

Turns out this book is strangely hypnotic. It has been described : “as soporific as warm milk”. I tend to agree. I like to read it and Wren likes to listen to me read it. Now that’s a happy situation, right there. It has a satisfying amount of repetition (without driving a person insane), a lot of words ending in ‘-sh’ (which are so very soothing) and illustrations in which the light gently fades away to darkness. Just thinking about it brings on a yawn. Yes, it’s a bit weird that there is a bowl of mush left in the room and the fireplace stays blazing even after the story ends (hello? fire hazard?) but it was published right after the end of the World War II so I guess things were a little different then. All in all? I really, really like this book and have bought a copy for the long haul.

Interesting side note: The author bequeathed royalties from the book to go to a neighbour’s son (nine years old at the time). It’s made him, well, a bit of a fortune.

3 Comments on Goodnight Moon.

  1. Ria
    September 3, 2011 at 3:46 am (6 years ago)

    I love this book too! It’s mysterious how well-loved it is by children–but I’m not asking questions. Thank goodness it works!

    • Hannah
      September 8, 2011 at 5:31 pm (6 years ago)

      It works! Although last night Wren shut the cover before I’d got to page three and waved it “bye-bye”. I think she was ready for bed!


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