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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 in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—he says goodnight.

In this classic of modern children's literature, beloved by g...more
Paperback, 60th Anniversary Edition, 32 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by HarperCollins (first published 1947)
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Rosieface
Mar 21, 2008 Rosieface rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
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Kirk
“A great man in his pride . . . Casts derision upon
Supersession of breath;
He knows death to the bone
Man has created death.”

~William Butler Yeats



“Goodnight Moon . . . Goodnight Air. Goodnight noises everywhere”

~Margaret Wise Brown


There’s only one time in your life that you say goodbye to everything you’ve come to know and love . . . and even dedicate a little time saying goodbye to the things you’ve come to hate: the shitty bowl of mush growing cold on the night stand that your “old lady” tries...more
Jessica
why do people like this book? finding the little mouse on each page is fun, but other than that it's just a dumb book. there is a lame attempt to rhyme...sometimes. there's no rhythm. i don't get it.
Benjamingibbs
The baby bunny is oddly unengaged with a temperamental grandma bunny as he (or she) watches the room grow darker (even though the moon rises). Despite these inconsistencies and occasional strange reading cadences (goodnight nobody? what does that mean), I would recommend book to anyone interested in going to bed at night and suffers from separation anxiety with inanimate objects.
Alex
Margaret Wise Brown's nihilistic classic is a crushing renunciation of God, here depicted as a "quiet old lady whispering 'hush'." There is no afterlife here, no reward, no release from the crushing mundanity of life. There is only the bowl of pathetic mush, the forlorn mittens, the abandoned balloon, the telephone that never rings. We live our lives in a "great green room", but at the end we accumulate nothing but the discarded trappings of our childhoods. Even love cannot offer solace: where a...more
John Beeler
What is about this book that haunts me? Is it the deep sense of emptiness? That the room stays the same, but objects move and light slowly fades into dark? That the narrator has no connection at all with the only other "human," the old lady whispering hush?

Or is that that the narrator says goodnight to "nobody," that as we go outside her room, we see only stars - no people, no cities. It's as if this little bunny is the last one on earth, and is being watched by some robotic nanny bunny.

I get...more
Matt
I have read this to my daughter since she was two months old. She is now 20 months old going on 21 months and I have to say that I grown to appreciate this book. This is not only due to the enjoyment she gets or because the little rabbit procrastinates going to bed like my little one does. No, like all great children's literature, this book has a couple of layers. I enjoy this book because I think it's about a child's version of death. I'm not crazy - promise! Maybe it's the perplexing Old Lady...more
Luann
I think this is a book you have to have read first when you were very young in order to LOVE it. At least for me, when I first read it as an adult, I just didn't get why it is such a classic and why so many people count it as their all-time favorite first book from their childhood. I can see that this is a nice book for reading at bedtime. But the list of things on the "goodnight" list just seems really random to me. I wonder if some kids love it because they can soon "read" it themselves, long...more
Rich
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Michael
I came across this “classic” today and…well…where do I begin? The back cover advises that this “is the perfect first book to share with a child.” My family agreed so I had to read this inane “story” every night to my son until I was able to locate significantly better board books. That is, until I made it to the local bookshop and grabbed any and everything that wasn’t Goodnight Moon. Ten years later, my son disdains books and, upon rediscovering this, I now know why. Now I understand why the co...more
Sam
I choose this book as it's widely regarded as a classic children's book. Although it is considered to be a bedtime story- a rhyme about a childs bedtime ritual of saying goodnight to everything they can see from their bed- I believe that the short rhyming couplets about subjects that most children would be familiar with make it an ideal book for building literacy skills. Although the edition I read was a board book, it is also availbe in paperback and hardback formats which would probably be mor...more
Michelle Johnston
This post modernist take on nocturnal rabbit activity has been widely acclaimed by pundits and neophytes alike. Although the end is itself anticlimactic, the book throughout alternates between a Jeffersonian systematic formulation of an intuitively quixotic plot and a reductive encapsulation of the bed-time ritual that is practically, in its essence, Elizabethan. A revisionist reading unearths the Orwellian presence of the hushing lady, which is countermanded by the ideological shift introduced...more
Stephen
2.0 stars. This is one I did not read as a child and first read to my younger daughter when she was three. Not one of my favorites...bring on Dr. Seuss.
Anastasia Løgstrup Riebs
Can anything truly be said to speak with less than lavish, rhapsodic adoration of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic children’s book?

Just as mothers and their babes in arms have the uncanny ability to synchronize their heartbeats by a single loving glance, the lyrical cadence and soothing, repetitive text makes reading Goodnight Moon a compulsive act of gentle rocking motion, lulling the reader into an involuntary ebb and flow. The words of the bedtime story fall from the lips as a lullaby; it is imp...more
Meredith Trotter
Publication: 1947

Grade/Age: PreK-2nd grade

Annotation: The classic story of a bunny's going-to-bed ritual as he bids goodnight to different objects in his room.

Themes: Bedtime, stories in rhyme, rabbits

Ways to use the book:

Language Arts - "Goodnight to Your Room" - Have children make lists of all the items in their own rooms that they could say goodnight to before going to sleep. If they want, they can draw pictures of their rooms, labeling each item they would bid goodnight.

Math - "Telling Time...more
Maicie
For shame! My grandson doesn't care for this book. I ranted and raved for a good ten minutes when he refused to let me read it to him. He found this (the ranting) hysterical which only made me angrier.

"You will read this!"
Toothy grin.
"Look! There's a little mouse on every page that you can find."
Toothy shrug.
"Logan, this is a classic!"
Toothy, wet sneeze.

Logan toddles over with Everyone Poops by Tarō Gomi. Give me strength.
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
Omg I still love this book! I read it to baby carmine last night during reading time and he didn't understand much if anything, but as he gets older I think we will say goodnight to everything!! Love it
Lana
"Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown is a very simple but lovely story about a little bunny who is getting ready to go to bed, with every page the little bunny says goodnight to something or someone different, including characters from popular fairy stories and nursery rhymes like the three bears and the cow jumping over the moon...until eventually everybody is ready to sleep.

Young children always love this story whenever I have read it to them, because they recognize some of the characters...more
Samantha Duncan
1. I think this genre is a picture book and falls under the "concept" category.
2. This picture book tells a story about a little rabbit about to go to sleep. He describes what he sees in his great green room and as he goes to sleep he says 'goodnight' to each and every thing.
3. A) The area for critique for this picture book is in the illustrations.
B) This books illustrations are amazing and even though the book is geared towards children, There are two aspects in the illustrations that are so...more
Samantha Sheeran
Goodnight Mooom by Margaret Wise Brown, to me, is the best bed-time story of all time. The book is a patterned book, and the pattern is saying goodnight. It starts off by describing items in the great green room, and eventually says goodnight to each of the items.

The cover of the boook immediately grabs your attention. The colors are very bright, and almost neon. The illustrations match the words perfectly. For example: "In the great green room there was a telephone, and a red balloon.." are the...more
Suzanne
Just for fun, I'm going to work through reviews of my kiddo's picture books. This is also partly to keep track of what he has. He's not even two and his collection is getting impressive. He has always loved reading.

This wasn't a book I read as a child, but it was one of the first books we got for our kiddo's collection. At first, I failed to see the point. The illustrations are bright, but nothing special. The story is the standard "time for bed" thing you see in a lot of picture books.

When our...more
Tortla
I think I need to re-read this. People's reviews make it sound wonderfully disturbing. Perhaps many children's books are like this when read by a non-child. Perhaps that's the point. But I never really thought of this little book as much more than an obvious ploy to get kids to fall asleep by reading it to them...what with the repeated "goodnight" and the weirdly color-saturated pictures and the lack of...plot. But maybe the obvious ploy was part of a larger (less obvious) ploy to get people to...more
Becky
A defining book from my childhood, not so much because I loved it, but because my younger brother and sister loved it. I can remember Dad it reading it to them, Mom reading it to them, and sometimes, despite my reading disability when I was in elementary, I got to help read to them. This book is directly related to memories of warmth and love in my childhood. Its a great book for little kids, if it wasn't, this would be the book that I remembered being read aloud so frequently.

Great illustratio...more
Kendal Dastrup
In Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Brown and the illustrator worked in conjunction with one another to accurately portray the setting, events, and text on each page. The story is of a grandma bunny and a little bunny. The older bunny is talking to the young one and saying goodnight to all the things in the room so that he can fall asleep. Not missing a single item, or so it seems, makes the book very descriptive and you could not look at the illustrations and still follow along quite well...more
Kate Babbitt
This book is a classic which I'm sure all of us have read countless times in our childhood. It goes through one's bedroom, saying goodnight to all of the objects that they see. It is a good picture book because of the lack of words brings more visual and a good representation of what is going on. I think that because it is so simple, pretty much just going around one room, one object at a time, helps the students focus on each page more and grasp the general context. I would help the students cr...more
Prashant
I have been searching for this book since i read one of it's parody [Book: Good Night iPad].

This book is supposed to be one of the epic among children and I can totally see why.

The book just has some sweet things of the kids room and a rhyme to make them go to sleep. Even when I read it after a stretch nap of 2 hours, felt a kind of calmness inside.

Now will read another of it's parody [Book: Goodnight Goon]
Scott
Really, let's say goodnight to a whole bunch of inanimate objects! Wow, that was a lot of fun. It feels like the book was written by an accountant. Now lets move to the next object in the room and say goodnight. Oh, how delightful. However for some reason that I cannot figure, the kid likes the book. He probally just likes seeing his dadda in true misery as he reads the book.
Benjamin Duffy
"Goodnight mush."

Damn, I hate this stupid book.
Ronda
Loved sharing this one with my son when he was little and am now rediscovering it for lessons. For the younger grades, it works well for discussing rhyming words--"'mush' is kind of like oatmeal or porridge, but does 'brush' and 'hush' rhyme with 'oatmeal'? No!" With all the grades, I'm surprised at how many students have not noticed the mouse that Clement Hurd hid in each of the color pictures--and all of the grades--K-5--have seemed to really enjoy this mouse scavenger hunt. Also take a moment...more
Katie
1. Summary: 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.

2. Reading Level: Early

3. Genre: Fiction

4. Spec...more
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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 The Runaway Bunny. Even though she died nearly 60 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 p...more
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“In the great green room, there was a telephone
And a red balloon
And a picture of a cat jumping over the moon...”
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