Reviews for Goodnight Goon : A Petrifying Parody

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
"In the cold gray tomb / There was a gravestone / And a black lagoon" begins Rex's parody of Margaret Wise Brown's classic bedtime tale. This version features monsters under beds and headless skeletons in appropriately ghoulish digitally colored pencil drawings. Adults who have read the original hundreds of times may enjoy this take-off, and kids will giggle at its (one-note) humor. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2008 July #2
"In the cold gray tomb / There was a gravestone / And a black lagoon / And a picture of-- / Martians taking over the moon," begins this snort-inducing parody of one of children's literature's most sacred texts. Rex replicates the scansion and composition to a T, placing a befanged young werewolf in a green-blanketed bed under a picture of "three little mummies rubbing their tummies" and watched over by "a hairy old werewolf who was hollering 'Boo.' " It's something of a one-joke wonder, but what fun it is, as the goon wreaks a little havoc before being ordered under the bed by the stern little werewolf: "Goodnight monsters everywhere." (Picture book. 7 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2009 January
This book is a hilarious adaptation of the classic bedtime story, Goodnight Moon. A small werewolf is trying to get to bed when a Goon comes into his room to make a mess. He says goodnight to all kinds of weird things including a pot of goo and Martians from the moon. Through his journey, the werewolf tries his best to put everything back where it is supposed to go, including making sure the Goon finds his way back under his bed. This is a delightfully funny and witty story containing adorable illustrations with tons of details. This book is a fast paced read-aloud. Students will clamor to read it again and again. Everyone will enjoy comparing and contrasting the two books. There are items inside the illustrations that translate over from the original. The fireplace and lamp appear in both books, just differently. As with the original, this version contains a lot of rhyming and predictable text. Author and illustrator Michael Rex has created a wonderful page-by-page companion to the original. Highly Recommended. Kifi L. Kanagy, Library Media Specialist, S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, Greeley, Colorado ¬ 2009 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 October

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 of--Martians 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

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