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Goodnight Mr. Darcy: A BabyLit® Parody Picture Book

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  152 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
The adored children’s classic Goodnight Moon gets a classic lit makeover in this charming parody of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice novel. All of Austen’s much-loved characters are at the Netherfield Ball.

In the great ballroom, there was a country dance, and a well-played tune, and Elizabeth Bennett; and Mr. Darcy surprised, by a pair of fine eyes . . . And don’t forget
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by Gibbs Smith (first published July 1st 2014)
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
This review is coming from the perspective of two readers who are not very familiar with the children’s classic, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (shocking, I know!) Hubby, born in Colombia, didn’t read it as a child, and I honestly can’t remember if I did! My more memorable childhood reads were books by Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, and Robert Munsch.

Regardless, we were both looking forward to reading this parody of a classic!


Hubby: I enjoyed the story a lot. Being familiar with Prid
Sep 12, 2016 Taryn rated it it was amazing
This is the absolute best thing! So ironically funny and cute!
Dec 26, 2015 Paige rated it it was amazing
SO adorable! Shout out to my sister for getting me this for Christmas.
Dec 09, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh! This was a hilarious parody!
May 15, 2016 Brenda rated it really liked it
Cute re-do on Good Night Moon with Pride and Prejudice pages.
Sep 04, 2014 Megan rated it liked it
Cute idea for Austen fans. Kids won't get it at all.
Oct 15, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
A wonderful mix of two of my favorite books!
Michelle McBeth
Aug 25, 2015 Michelle McBeth rated it it was ok
SUMMARY: This story takes place in the Netherfield ballroom and then skips to the end where weddings take place.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations are similar to those of Good Night moon, but in a less refined way,

THE GOOD: I was looking forward to reading this book, because of my love of Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice. The concept was good, but it in no way delivered.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The rhymes didn't rhyme ("In the great ballroom/ there was a country dance/and a well played tune/and Elizabe
The Literacy Advocate
Dec 09, 2014 The Literacy Advocate rated it it was amazing

If you know enough about Jane Austen to appreciate the title of this review, and if you have ever read, even once, Goodnight Moon (by Margaret Wise Brown), then you will LOVE this book. GOODNIGHT MR. DARCY is endearing on every level. It has perfect illustrations which evoke the same kind of magic Clement Hurd created in Brown's original book, inspiring us again with a perfectly applied primary color palette. It also parallels the same word format and rhyme
Mar 23, 2015 Kermit rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction

3.9 stars

This book is obviously for adults---kids won't get the allusions in the text.

The rhythm of the original Goodnight Moon is not captured well in this version. The flow seems a little stilted.

However, it's Jane Austen! It's Elizabeth Bennet! It's Mr. Darcy! So the book is to be loved just because of that.
Denise Taylor
Mar 21, 2015 Denise Taylor rated it it was amazing
Thank you Kate Coombs. Sometimes my brain goes numb and mushy after reading kids books to my son at night. I thought one of them was missing pages because the story made no sense and ended abruptly...but it wasn't. This book made me feel better.
Apr 23, 2016 Leanne rated it did not like it
Not so good, the rhyming did not fit the pattern of the original and the choices of text were quite poor. "Goodnight mush", really?
Vanessa Maran
Un tributo carino ad un classico per bambini e a Jane Austen :) (Mr. Darcy sognante è molto carino <3)
Shana Karnes
Jul 31, 2016 Shana Karnes rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-ruthie
This was precious! I loved adding lots of background info to the simple rhymes Coombs used to tell the story of Pride & Prejudice.
Dec 10, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
Kinda cute, but not really for kids because it wouldn't make sense to them and the rhyming is forced. It would surely be cute for a fan of Pride and Prejudice.
Janet Noonan
It's cute and clever but not exactly something a toddler will relate to. I think adults will find it entertaining
Dec 28, 2015 Sabine rated it it was amazing
Got this for Christmas and had a fun time reading it to my 15 year old who loved Goodnight Moon when she was a baby. We laughed and laughed. Very clever.
May 02, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had the same rhythm and rhyme and setting as Goodnight Moon but it was told with the characters of Pride and Prejudice. Very cute, I really liked it.
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I was born in Spokane, Washington, but I spent most of my childhood in Camarillo, California, which is about an hour's drive north of Los Angeles. Whenever possible as a child, I read books—books, books, and more books. The rest of the time I rode my bike with my sister, Loni, or looked after my little brother and sister. Sometimes we went to the movies at an old theater we called "The Sticky ...more
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