Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

The #1 New York Times bestselling picture book parody will have kids howling with laughter.

Goodnight tomb. Goodnight goon. Goodnight Martians taking over the moon.

It's bedtime in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon, and two slimy claws, and a couple of jaws, and a skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo. But as a little werewolf settles down, in comes the Goon determined at all costs to run amok and not let any monster have his rest.

A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this utterly monsterized parody; energetic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.

Kirkus Review - Children

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3  Imitation can indeed be sincere flattery, as Rex proves in his slightly eerie reworking of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's classic bedtime tale. The young bunny has been replaced by a little monster, but he still wears striped pajamas as he lies in his bed and says good night to his surroundings. "In the cold gray tomb/There was a gravestone/And a black lagoon/And a picture ofMartians taking over the moon." The parody is clever, matching original verse with rhymes that seem unforced and appropriate for the new setting: "Goodnight skull/And goodnight shoe/Goodnight creature/Goodnight goo/And goodnight to the old werewolf hollering 'Boo.'" Rex's color drawings create a monster child's bedroom filled with the same late-evening light of Hurd's illustrations. The book ends on the same peaceful note as the original. A clever offering just right for graduates of bedtimes with Goodnight Moon. - Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME

Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"A clever offering just right for graduates of bedtimes with Goodnight Moon." —School Library Journal

"[A] snort-inducing parody of one of children's literature's most sacred texts. . . . [W]hat fun it is." —Kirkus Reviews

"[A] lot of fun, and it may inspire kids to come up with their own retellings of other familiar classics." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication date
August 20, 2008
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV052000 - Juvenile Fiction | Monsters
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme

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