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Goodnight Moon (Over the Moon #2)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  214,590 ratings  ·  3,757 reviews
This classic bedtime story, which has lulled generations of children to sleep, is the perfect first book to share with a child.
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Published November 23rd 2001 by Campbell Books (first published 1947)
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Mar 21, 2008 Rosieface rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
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“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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Naked Consciousness
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
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
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.
Sofia Davis
This book is a classic bedtime story for children. The books uses rhyming to tell us a little story of a bunny saying goodnight to his belongings in the room. Since there is not a lot of text in the book, the author uses very detailed pictures to enhance the story. These illustrations help us see exactly what the author is saying goodnight to. By the end of the book the bunny falls sound asleep all cozy in his bed.
Even though this picture book is fairly short it tells a great story. I admire the
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
"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
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
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
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
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
I mentioned in my review of The Sailor Dog that I had just noticed that I didn’t own a copy of Goodnight Moon. A trip to Goodwill later, I am the proud owner of…

How’d you guess?

Goodnight Moon – that boldly, brightly illustrated piece of whimsicality – now reposes in my board book collection. It would be hard to name another read aloud that rivals it in popularity [apart from Dr. Seuss’s books, of course]. And the funny thing is, the more I come to appreciate deft artistry in adult fiction, the m
after reading this book 387 times i've decided it's crap.

it's no I AM A BUNNY that's for darn sure.
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
very nice baby-book. merangsang kepekaan dan kesadaran terhadap keadaan sekeliling, stimulate mindfulness.. love it

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

In the great green room
There was a telephone
And a red balloon
And a picture of the cow jumping over the moon
And there were three little bears sitting on chairs
And two little kittens
And a pair of mittens
And a little toy house
And a young mouse
And a comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush
And a quiet old lady who was whispering “hush”
Goodnight room
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
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