Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon Board Book and Slippers. HarperCollins. Sept. 2007 c. 34p. ISBN 978-0-06-123902-1. $19.99 Preschool: Newborn-3
Goodnight Moon is sure to enchant any child with its rhyming verse and delightful illustrations. This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of Goodnight Moon, a children’s picture book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. Brown’s simple phrases and rhyming words sing like a gentle lullaby, while Hurd’s alternating color and black and white illustrations encourage young readers to look and find familiar objects.
It is said that in 1947, Margaret Wise Brown sat at a typewriter one morning and wrote Goodnight Moon in a single rush of words, telling friends she’d “dreamt” it during the night. With brush and paint, Clement Hurd brought imagination to life and a children’s picture book was born.
In commemoration of this anniversary, HarperCollins has released Goodnight Moon Board Book and Slippers. The gift pack comes complete with Brown’s timeless dream tale and a charming pair of slippers, tailored to match Hurd’s illustration of this endearing bedtime bunny.
Like The Tale of Tom Kitten and Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter, Goodnight Moon is destined to take its place in literary history while remaining fresh and engaging to generations of young children.