January 31, 2007

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"Goodnight Moon" | Gentle, playful and musical (Mary Murfin Bayley, 1/31/07, The Seattle Times)

It is hard to imagine a more still and quiet picture book than Margaret Wise Brown's 1947 "Goodnight Moon," or one less likely to become a full-length musical complete with tap-dancing bears. The book's lovely illustrations by Clement Hurd show the same simple green room and small bunny going to bed as each page gets darker and the stars outside the windows get brighter. The text is a series of goodnights: to mittens and kittens; to comb, brush, and bowl full of mush; to the pictures on the walls; and to a quiet old lady whispering hush. The goodnights gradually open out to include the moon, the stars and the air.

Despite adding some scenes of showbiz razzle-dazzle and high-energy slapstick, the Seattle Children's Theatre version retains much of the gentle mood of the book.


Nothing has contributed more to reduced fertility rates than the stage in toddlers' development where they make their parents read this book repeatedly.


Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2007 9:05 AM
Comments

"And a little old lady, whispering....hush".

Among my son's first words were (looking up at the night sky) - "moon out!". I'm sure the book was somewhere on his mind whenever he said that.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 31, 2007 11:34 AM

There's a Susan Sarandon narrated version that HBO airs all the time.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 31, 2007 11:53 AM

It sure beats the Pokey Little Puppy, or those excruciating Clifford books.

Posted by: ted welter at January 31, 2007 1:12 PM
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