Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Review - Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon (Over the Moon #2)
by Margaret Wise Brown
illustrated by Clement Hurd
Date: 1947
Publisher: HarperCollins
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room -- to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one -- the little bunny says goodnight.

In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Goodnight Moon was one of my favourite books as a young child. Board books weren't as common back then as they are now, so I had a simple paperback that ended up looking like a dog used it as a chew toy (we didn't have a dog). My copy has long since vanished, and it's been years since I actually read the book, even though I've gifted it a few times to new babies.

This is a charming little classic. The story is very, very simple. If you can even call it a story. It's basically a little bunny saying goodnight to everything in his room, from his mittens and hairbrush to the resident mouse.

The illustrations are garish and plain, and had this book been published today, it probably wouldn't have generated the same following. There are much more aesthetically pleasing books for children out there. However, the gentle rhythm of the little bunny saying goodnight to everything works perfectly for a bedtime read. It's easy to see why this classic has stood the test of time.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.57 out of 5

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