The Barnes & Noble Review
From the author-illustrator team of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd comes the companion to the bestselling picture book Goodnight Moon. First published in 1947, Goodnight Moon became a favorite with parents and children -- the quintessential bedtime story. Two years later, Brown and Hurd collaborated again on My World. Adopting the same simple style and graceful poetry, My World continues with a small bunny's view of the world.
After saying goodnight to all his familiar things, bunny gets his first glimpse into the world around him. Snug in his rocking chair, he observes his family and their things. From Mother's chair to Daddy's pajamas, he takes in all the magnificence of the familiar objects in his world. Bunny goes fishing, works on his toy car, and brushes his teeth, all with a sense of wide-eyed wonder. Brown uses simple text and easy rhymes, perfect for young readers. Writing with a true understanding of a child's mind, Brown focuses on everyday things with which all children will identify.
Hurd's illustrations are in both color and black-and-white and are sure to captivate the imagination of youngsters. Beautiful tones and flowing lines match the simplicity of the story. And whimsical touches, such as the family's nighttime attire of boldly hued robes, add to the fun.
A wonderful read and a perfect companion to Goodnight Moon, this spectacular picture book is sure to be another instant classic. (Amy Barkat)
Originally published in 1949 (two years after Goodnight Moon) and out of print for more than 30 years, this melodic companion narrated by the endearing rabbit child introduces those elements of his life that he holds most dear. Brown's minimal text has a dreamlike, impressionistic quality reminiscent of her earlier book, yet the narrative adheres to a child's sense of logic as the bunny strings together the items and activities that fill his day. He defines his world in terms of his parents: "Daddy's boy./ Mother's boy./ My boy is just a toy/ Bear." In alternating spreads, Hurd portrays simple, black-and-white images of items or pastimes (the child's toothbrush hanging on a hook next to his father's; father and son fishing together) and full-color scenarios (recolored by Clement's son Thacher) spawned by those images (the boy brushes his teeth as one parent soaks in the tub and the other primps in front of a mirror; the family gathers around the table to dine on freshly caught fish). The final color spread underscores the volume's universality, as well as the little rabbit's contentment: swinging from a tree branch as his parents sit nearby on the porch, he announces: "Your world./ My world./ I can swing/ Right over the world." The volume's words and pictures stretch the boundaries of its time-honored predecessor, affirming that there is, indeed, a warm and welcoming world beyond the great green room. Ages 1-4. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Following Good Night Moon and The Runaway Bunny, this story has also become a classic in children's literature. Designed after their other two hits, this popular author-illustrator team captures little bunny and his family exploring everyday living. The simplicity of the text along with the familiarity of little bunny and his family make this an easy book to add to your existing collection. Children will be delighted to see little bunny again and explore his world. 2001, HarperCollins, $ 15.95. Ages 1 to 4. Reviewer:Sharon Tolle
A Child Magazine Best Book of 2001 Pick
Back in print after a long absence, this companion to the classic Goodnight Moon finds everyone's favorite bunny venturing beyond the great green room into the larger world. Brown's playfully lyrical text is set to a familiar visual beat, with black-and-white drawings punctuating full-color vignettes of family life.
First published in 1949, this looks and reads just like its predecessor Goodnight, Moon, with a series of cozy domestic scenes featuring a bunny family matched to childlike rhymes, some of which-"My dog. / Daddy's dog. / Daddy's dog / Once caught a frog"-is engaging silly talk, more about sound than meaning. Here the young narrator articulates the concepts of "mine," "yours," and "ours," while cataloguing familiar sights and possessions, so this may help children (or adults, for that matter) who don't quite have those distinctions clear yet. One scene showing Father, Mother, and Child sharing the bathroom may explain why the original was allowed to pass out of print, but these days it shouldn't raise any eyebrows.