Good Night Moon

children's book / cover image / Good Night Moon - Margaret Brown

"Good night _______" is said to a number of dull, inanimate features found in illustrations of a dull and dim room.

Brief Review

The text occasionally rhymes, but is often awkward. The mainly black and white picture elements are often creepy looking: there is a cat in a grandfather clock, scaring a mouse; a 'grandma' rabbit knitting in a chair simply disappears in subsequent images. In a sleepy and 'spacey' way, with no redeeming message or atmosphere, your child can be bored to sleep.

  • A P Brannan

    Funny comments on this book!  This was our first son’s first book that we read to him, and we read it to our second son as well.  It is now covered in bite marks and chewed corners as it was obviously more interesting to bite.  I see what you mean about the “creepiness” of it; however, I would say that there is something about the cadence of the writing that is pleasant to read (in my opinion).  Definitely a bedtime book, no two ways about it.

  • Richard Bramwell

    No, your comment is funny: “it was obviously more interesting to bite”! 

    I too considered its cadence. It seemed that I was giving it the cadence, as much as there was cadence in the sentences.

    I cannot help but think Goodnight Moon is popular because it got a good start in modern book marketing, and is sold to those who already experienced it as children.  Arthur, Franklin, Berenstain Bears, Dora, are now favorites by a similar marketing effect, but through television.  Everyone has heard of them, so the market trend is for large numbers of people to keep buying “the titles or characters they know rather than the titles or characters they don’t.”