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Goodnight Moon (Over the Moon #2)

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  246,556 Ratings  ·  4,400 Reviews

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

Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 1st 1989 by Viking Childrens Books (first published September 3rd 1947)
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Mar 21, 2008 Rosieface rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
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Jan 09, 2012 Kirk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Oct 26, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baby-books
Margaret Wise Brown's nihilistic classic is a howling 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 ar ...more
Nov 13, 2008 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
John Beeler
Jun 30, 2007 John Beeler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sharedwithcosi
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
Mar 15, 2008 Benjamingibbs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 28, 2011 Luann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, 2011
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
A heartbreakingly spare story about the heat death of the universe. One by one the things of the world are bid adieu. Beginning with small losses--clocks, socks, a young mouse who will never reach adulthood, the stakes rise relentlessly until the loss of the atmosphere, stars, and sound itself. In the end the illustrated moon shines on, a reminder of things lost, but the protagonist--and the reader--are left sleeping in the dark.
Dec 10, 2008 Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“Goodnight Moon” is a classic bedtime story by Margaret Wise Brown along with illustrations by Clement Hurd and it is basically about a small rabbit is saying goodnight to all the objects and pets in his room. “Goodnight Moon” is a true cult hit for children of all ages.

Margaret Wise Brown’s story is extremely cute and heartwarming as the little rabbit not only says goodnight to everything he spots in his room, but also states to the audience about the various things that he spots, similar to ho
Apr 02, 2009 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 30, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Michelle Johnston
Apr 17, 2008 Michelle Johnston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
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
Aug 15, 2010 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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.
Sep 06, 2011 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Anastasia 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
Quirky Omega
May 02, 2016 Quirky Omega rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fiction
Thanks to my young cousins, I get to read plenty of kids books. And I am glad that I do. Growing up, we don't realise how wonderful such books are. With the lilting rhyme and the beautiful illustrations, it has got to be one of my favourite bed time books for when I need to read something with my cousins.
Mohammed Al-Garawi
Oct 02, 2016 Mohammed Al-Garawi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f_rec
There's something deep about this bedtime story and I can't put my finger on it.

Is it the emptiness? The way everything goes to sleep?

Here's a narrated version of the story:

Goodnight stars, goodnight air..
Goodnight noises, everywhere..
Feb 26, 2015 Eugene rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
after reading this book 387 times i've decided it's crap.

it's no I AM A BUNNY that's for darn sure.
Oct 02, 2015 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My girls used to love me to read this one to them at bedtime. :)
Jan 03, 2017 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, 1000b4k
Good night fire. Good night picture frames. Good night table. There's enough in that great green room to go on for quite a while past what's written.
Meredith Trotter
Jul 18, 2012 Meredith Trotter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: predictable
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

^My boy

"Goodnight moon.
Goodnight Caleb jumping over the moon."

I've read this one to Caleb multiple times because we love it! He seems to enjoy it (as much as a 6 month old can), and looks at the pages (for the most part). I like to read this one because it has good rhythm, fun rhymes, and it flows well. I find it easy and enjoyable to read aloud. This is quickly becoming a favorite and one I'd be happy to read to him every day! Trying to expand our horizons a bit though, and read other ones too.
Dec 31, 2012 Maicie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 01, 2016 Asha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book holds a special place in my heart. My mother used to read it to my brother and me all
the time when we were younger, until she grew so tired of it that she bought it for us on cassette and we played it enough times that the tape became messed up. The illustrations are phenomenal, the wording light and simple. It's something we can all relate to, saying no goodnight to anything and everyone, just to prolong our bedtime. I'm glad that, at the ripe old age of 22, I bought my own copy and s
Nov 11, 2014 midnightfaerie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This one was on our list for one of the top children's books of all time. I don't get it. Can someone please tell me what the appeal is in this mediocre book with lackluster illustrations? My children paid attention but perhaps we're used to such rich and detailed authors this one fell short for us. A book that was forgotten almost as soon as it was read, this one won't be added to our collection.
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
Feb 17, 2016 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book as a kid, but I always thought it had an eerie/haunting feel to it. After reading some of these reviews and giving it more thought, I understand why. Still love it.
debbie~cr8zycat ^_^
I have no idea why I haven't read this until now. It's precious. The kittens, the mittens, the mouse, the cow. Read it today with a student. Made my heart smile. Highly recommended.
Alyssa Lynn
Jun 01, 2016 Alyssa Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book it was so good and I was really curious as to who the rabbit would say good night to next
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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
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“Goodnight stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere.” 2067 likes
“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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