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Goodnight Moon [Board book]

Margaret Wise Brown , Clement Hurd
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Book Description

2 Aug 2012

This gentle bedtime story, which has lulled generations of children to sleep, is the perfect first book to share at bedtime.

In a great green room a little bunny is tucked up snugly and safely in bed and is getting ready to say goodnight to all the familiar things in his room, one by one.

Margaret Wise Brown's comforting, rhythmical text accompanied by the warmth of Clement Hurd's classic mid-century illustrations make GOODNIGHT MOON a timeless picture book, which is known and loved around the world.

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  • Board book: 15 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230764843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230764842
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 15.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. Even though she died over 45 years ago, her books still sell very well. Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem. She thought this made children think harder when they are reading. She wrote all the time. There are many scraps of paper where she quickly wrote down a story idea or a poem. She said she dreamed stories and then had to write them down in the morning before she forgot them. She tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn't the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things. One time she gave two puppies to someone who was going to draw a book with that kind of dog. The illustrator painted many pictures one day and then fell asleep. When he woke up, the papers he painted on were bare. The puppies had licked all the paint off the paper. Margaret died after surgery for a bursting appendix while in France. She had many friends who still miss her. They say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. Margaret saw herself as something else - a writer of songs and nonsense.

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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. (Picture book) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A little rabbit bids goodnight to each familiar thing in his moonlit room. Rhythmic, gently lulling words combined with warm and equally lulling pictures make this beloved classic "an ideal bedtime book."-- "The Christian Science Monitor" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
The colours are garish, and the words simplistic, and yet it's one of the books my 2 year old has asked for and loved since he was 6 months old. The repetitions and the rhythyms you find your voice drifting into make this a great "last book at bedtime". We read it most nights. As he got older, my son loved spotting the mouse on every colour drawing, but as a tiny baby he just seemed soothed by the word patterns.
A great part of our bedtime routine, despite my initial reservations.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My little stars favourite 5 Dec 2005
My son adores this book as he has realised that each page the moon is shown, it is slowing rising across the window; just like it does in real life. Also each page the clock gets 10 minutes later. The last page is very cleverly drawn, a beautifully well lit page. Fabulous
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal bedtime reading 6 Mar 2007
By Caterina VINE VOICE
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
This is a lovely little book. Baby bunny sits in bed in the "great green room" and says goodnight to all the things that are in it, and visible out of the window - the red balloon, the kittens, the teddy bears in the picture on the wall, the stars, the moon, etc. The pictures alternate between brightly coloured (the green room is really, really green) and black and white, and the text is rhythmic and soothing. Ideal for 12 - 30 months. (Or tired mothers after a long day at work.)
Postscript: having now read this to 3 children over a number of years, I would recommend it as one of the items you should purchase if you are expecting a baby. Each child I have read it to has loved it. My middle son had rather delayed speech and I noticed that at 2 he was starting to come out with the words of this book - presumably because they are simple and rhythmic and very memorable. A really good book. (Plus of course though this is entirely immoral it is a nice short bed-time book if you are knackered.)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lulled to sleep through boredom? 11 July 2004
Format:Board book
I think this book has lovely illustrations and a lovely soft repetitive poem that would lull me to sleep. But while I can appreciate this book, my son (14 months) cannot. Everytime I bring it out he makes it quite clear that he'd actually rather go straight to bed than have to endure it again. Maybe it'll grow on him as he gets older, but I wouldn't recommend it for the younger baby/toddler. Goodnight Poppycat is greatly preferred. As is Rod Campbell's pop-up jungle. And almost any other book he has.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like they all say: unexpectedly incredible! 21 Mar 2008
Format:Board book
I tossed this rather ugly little book aside when it was given to me for my 6 month old. The pictures seemed very old fashioned and cheap - only some in colour - and it got progressively dingy. Plus the rhyme was witless.

When I moved house, this tumbled out of the books I brought with me, and I was ready to toss it aside again. But I just happened to read it to my daughter and found she was totally engrossed - she was now FOURTEEN months old. The following day, she woke in the middle of the night, screaming and impossible to settle. This was a very rare occurrence, and I wasn't sure what to do, but I remembered she'd been interested in Goodnight Moon the day before and read it to her in a low light. She stopped screaming instantly, and was lulled by the words and by focusing on the dwindling light in the book. Since then, every single time I've read it to her, it has soothed her, when she's been ill, upset, grumpy from lack of sleep or hyperactive. It is some kind of witchcraft, I tell you!

Not as sophisticated, funny or beautiful as ANY of her other books, nevertheless, this is maybe the most important baby book I own. I don't know what's in it that does the trick, but it works. I am also a convert - I find the rhymes and pictures beguiling now.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hated it, but then I realised . . . 29 Jan 2006
I agree with the reader from Leeds who initially disliked this book, but came to see the error of his/her ways. I first read it to my daughter when she was about 6 months old and I thought it was a big disappointment. Garish green and orange colours and a pretty feeble rhyme (including the word "mush" just to rhyme with "brush"). And then. . . then I realised that my daughter loved it! She loved looking out for the little mouse on every page, she loved the soothing repetition of the simple rhymes, and she loved the way the little rabbit is squirming around in his bed, looking at everything in the room and getting more and more sleepy. And I began to love it too, especially the way the room gets darker and darker and the stars and the fire light and the windows of the dolls' house get brighter and brighter. It is pretty much a perfect final bedtime story - really peaceful and soothing. We read it almost every night now, and then go round our own room, saying goodnight to everything. Lovely!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good night favourite 24 Jan 2003
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Format:Board book
An ideal book for sleeptime. My 3 year old son adores this book. We certainly read it each night. I have memorised the complete book! Little bunny and the house get ready for sleep. It ends with bunny in bed with all the lights off. Its adorable. Highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is a book that I read every night to my children when they were young. For years, I could not quite put my finger on its appeal. Finally, it clicked one day. There is a cadence to the story that is like a mediation mantra, quietly and gently calming you and your child down. In addition, the book's text and illustrations are matched in away that it is natural to point out the words and pictures to your child, and for them to do the same as they grow older. This means that you are also starting to teach reading in natural, relaxed way.
In addition, we all tend to see the glass as half empty rather than as half full. Goodnight Moon encourages a sense of gratitude for whatever is around us. That is a profound and wonderful lesson for everyone to have.
Finally, children are fascinated by how another child's room might look. So you also help them to understand the differences among families. How many other books do you know that accomplish so much?
Best of all, you and your children (and grandchildren, perhaps) will have wonderful memories to share. That's fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Toddler loves it
My two year old just loves this book!
Published 3 hours ago by L. Beeley
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
A lovely bedtime book for young children. The rhymes are calming and ideal for helping children to wind down before bed.
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2 daughters both loved and love it. Youngest daughter is busy following the little mouse in every page. Love the way the pages get darker as night creeps along the book. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely lovely book..
I bought this book 30 years ago and read it to my children now they are reading it to their own children..
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Pamela Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars My son is not impressed
I hoped my son would enjoy this book as a night time book, since we are so tired of all the usuals. However, he simply glanced over it, and flicked through it without much... Read more
Published 2 months ago by V. Brummer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic bedtime book
Timeless children's book with relaxing rhythmic flow. The retro style of the illustrations is charming. All the family have loved it
Published 2 months ago by Bo
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter loves this
I didn't think much of this book at first, but my 18 month old daughter loves it, and it really calms her before bed time- she loves saying goodnight to everything- so if you are a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange looking book...but has helped my 4 year old stay in bed
This was recommended by my sons nursery teacher as she knew i was having a lot of bother getting him to go to bed and go to sleep. was the answer. he now asks for it every night. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SINEAD THORNTON
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely
bought for my son when he acquired a love for the moon outside, this book is not your ordinary bedtime story but my son now 4 still loves this book and loves to look for the mouse... Read more
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