Goodnight Goon: A (Not so) Petrifying Parody
Michael Rex - 2008
In a previous post I mentioned that Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's Goodnight Moon is one of The Boog’s favorite bedtime books of all time! (At least for the time being) and millions of children agree since the book has been a kids' classic for over 60 years now. It’s a story of socks, clocks, kittens, mittens, chairs, bears and……. Well, I’m certain you have the entire thing memorized. Now forget that version and all the verses that you have recited and replace them with Michael Rex’s version, Goodnight Goon.
As a spinoff of Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Goon gets a fiendish makeover. The charming room is replaced by dungeon-like stones. The old bunny’s knitting becomes a voodoo doll. The three little bears sitting in chairs have become three little mummies, rubbing their tummies and Cows jumping over the moon turned into Martians “taking over the moon”. The pages boast an imaginative revision of the famous bedroom with furry little kittens to a tomb filled with monsters! Im not quite sure that The Boog is ready for Goodnight Moon’s evil twin just yet but you can be sure it’ll be waiting for her when she is!
P.S There is also a spinoff of The Runaway Bunny also by Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd, which I have yet to check out. It’s called The Runaway Mummy. Like it’s predecessor, Little Mummy calls up all the ways he can declare his independence and thwart Mommy Mummy's attempts to capture him for bedtime.