Book Review: Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon

Posted March 4, 2017 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Children's, Target Audience

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon


Margaret Wise Brown

It is part of the Over the Moon #2 series and is a picture book that was published by HarperCollins on September 3, 1947 and has 32 pages.

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Illustrator: Clement Hurd
Other books in this series include Goodnight Moon 1 2 3

Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Goodnight Moon 1 2 3

Second in the Over the Moon picture book series and revolving around a young Bunny.

My Take

I’ve heard of Goodnight Moon for the longest time, and I finally got around to reading this classic…and I’m already jealous of bunny having a fire in his bedroom. Hmph *grin*

It’s cute with simple and colorful illustrations; ideal for three to five year olds.

Some of the text rhymes, some does not.

Excitement comes in the treasure hunt for the kids as they hunt for the different creatures and objects to be found in the first half of the story, and then it soothes them down as every object gets a “goodnight”.

I found myself whispering the last few “goodnights”!

The Story

Bunny notes the objects and kittens and the Mama Bunny in his room, as he says goodnight to each, and each goes to sleep along with Bunny.

The Characters

Bunny. His mama. The two kittens.

The Cover and Title

The cover has a bright green background as walls for the room with a cheery fire blazing away. Over the gray mantel, it’s the cow jumping over the crescent moon while stars and a full moon shine in the sky outside the the red-framed window with its green-and-red striped, billowing curtains that frame one side. The title and author’s and illustrator’s names are in yellow.

The title is metaphorical for going to bed and children everywhere saying their “goodnights”, including a Goodnight Moon.