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Goodnight Moon (Over the Moon #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  265,154 Ratings  ·  5,034 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 on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one -- the little bunny says goodnight.

In this classic of children's literature,
Hardcover, 60th Anniversary Edition, 32 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by HarperCollins (first published September 3rd 1947)
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Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children
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Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was stunned to see this appear on a list of banned books . . . I mean, seriously? What could be more innocent than this book? What within these brightly-colored pages could possibly be considered objectionable? A Google search revealed nothing. Even Wiki let me down this time.

Luckily, while I was having this discussion with a library patron, the director happened to walk by, and she knew the answer.


You see the doll on the shelf behind the old lady rabbit's head?

It's not wearing any clothes.

Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“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
Review to come on August 10th, 2018.

Both are such amazing stories. This one is part of my Children's Book August 2018 Readathon on my blog at Come check it out.
Nov 13, 2008 rated it did not like it
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.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Wonderful book that makes you feel that everything will be fresh and new in the morning.
Bionic Jean
“In the great green room
There was a telephone
And a red balloon
And a picture of – ”

Goodnight Moon is a classic and well-loved American children’s picture book from 1947. It was written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. Many American adults remember it as their favourite bedtime story, and it continues to lull young children to sleep to this very day.

The book describes a bedtime ritual, more than telling an actual story. A young anthropomorphic bunny is in bed saying “good ni
John Beeler
Jun 30, 2007 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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-5-star
A little bunny tucked in bed says goodnight to all the familiar things in his great green room. The fireplace is burning, the lights are on as the little bunny says goodnight. By the end of the book the lights are out and the moon is shining through the window. Little rabbit says, "Goodnight noises everywhere."

This ingenious book settles down the little ones for bed. The full page illustrations alternate between boldly colorful layouts to small black and white pictures. The texts is simple and d

“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
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, picture-book
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
Dec 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Apr 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Mantric. Ethereal. Hypnotic. Goodnight Moon is pretty brilliant for a board book. Well done, Margaret Wise Brown.

It rhymes. It repeats. And the pages alternate between color and black and white, perhaps suggesting that the little bunny is falling asleep and sees these objects in his mind or half-sleep. But it makes you wonder if any of this is real or if he's just imagining the clearly arbitrary colored bedroom in his dreams. It's like Inception but for kids and with bunnies. And much like that
Nov 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2015 added it
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.
Michelle Johnston
Apr 17, 2008 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
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this a super long time ago and really liked it :)
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 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
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Laura Thomas
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-book
I bet most households have a copy of this book. My mother read it to me when I was very young. The pictures are so vivid and the rhyming is such fun.

I don’t have my original copy but I do have two that I picked up when I came across them in book stores. And I still smile as I look at the pictures and read the rhymes aloud.

Such a lovely bedtime story. A classic that never gets old and all ages will enjoy.

I own a copy of this book. My review is voluntarily given.
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
Meredith Trotter
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Mohammed Al-Garawi
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: luna-1st-1-12
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..
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The perfect book for bedtime for littles. A classic.
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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.” 2066 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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