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Goodnight monsters everywhere, in this parody romp with its own special twist! "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 co Goodnight monsters everywhere, in this parody romp with its own special twist! "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.


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Goodnight monsters everywhere, in this parody romp with its own special twist! "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 co Goodnight monsters everywhere, in this parody romp with its own special twist! "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.

30 review for Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Bedtime can be scary - even for a little monster. Fun book for monsters of all ages.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    Old Review I love the art in this story! The subtitle says it all: Petrifying Parody. My nephew really loved this with all the monsters. He is 4. He got into it. The niece liked it too, only not as much. They tried to find all the stuff in the pictures. I enjoyed this little story. It is quirky and I like the twist it gives to the original. This is simply fun and a little on the creepy side of things, yet still safe. I wouldn't mind owning this book. It should be a Halloween staple. Update: I had to Old Review I love the art in this story! The subtitle says it all: Petrifying Parody. My nephew really loved this with all the monsters. He is 4. He got into it. The niece liked it too, only not as much. They tried to find all the stuff in the pictures. I enjoyed this little story. It is quirky and I like the twist it gives to the original. This is simply fun and a little on the creepy side of things, yet still safe. I wouldn't mind owning this book. It should be a Halloween staple. Update: I had to read this again this year. I know my niece has already read it, but I couldn’t read it to her this year. The Nephew still enjoyed it and he remembered the story once we got in it. I still think this worthy of 5 stars. I would like to own a copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mariah Roze

    My students loved this book :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

    I read this at barnes and noble today and decided to mark on here this was very cute

  5. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Marcos

    I thought this was a very clever fun retelling of Goodnight Moon. I bought the book for my daughter in anticipating trying to battle scary monsters before they became scary. I love the artwork in this book. The cover is quite inviting. It is a great read-aloud book. I read it to my daughter who is 16 months and she sat through the whole book. She didn't mind the monsters one bit. She enjoyed a page were a big werewolf says "Boo". The book tells a story of a little werewolf settling in for the ni I thought this was a very clever fun retelling of Goodnight Moon. I bought the book for my daughter in anticipating trying to battle scary monsters before they became scary. I love the artwork in this book. The cover is quite inviting. It is a great read-aloud book. I read it to my daughter who is 16 months and she sat through the whole book. She didn't mind the monsters one bit. She enjoyed a page were a big werewolf says "Boo". The book tells a story of a little werewolf settling in for the night and a smiling friendly goon. I smiled as I read it. There were some humorous parts. I enjoyed the ending which I won't spoil for you. I would say this is definitely worth the read especially this time of the year!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    In a cold gray tomb There was a gravestone And a black lagoon And a picture of – Martians taking over the moon So begins this delightfully creepy parody of the bedtime classic, Goodnight Moon. Instead of Goodnight Moon’s bunny, Goodnight Goon features a young werewolf trying to go to sleep. The little werewolf says goodnight to many familiar Halloween sights such as mummies, bats and witches' hats, all in the familiar rhyming cadence of Goodnight Moon. The artwork shows looks of spooky (but not too sp In a cold gray tomb There was a gravestone And a black lagoon And a picture of – Martians taking over the moon So begins this delightfully creepy parody of the bedtime classic, Goodnight Moon. Instead of Goodnight Moon’s bunny, Goodnight Goon features a young werewolf trying to go to sleep. The little werewolf says goodnight to many familiar Halloween sights such as mummies, bats and witches' hats, all in the familiar rhyming cadence of Goodnight Moon. The artwork shows looks of spooky (but not too spooky) sights sure to delight young children on Halloween night.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John Wiswell

    Clearly the preschooler I read it to liked it, since she immediately asked me to read it again. This is a fun parody of Goodnight Moon, replacing soothing items with ghoulish and monstrous ones. None of the art is too creepy, so even at its weirdest, it's unlikely to cause nightmares. A high quality gift for nerd parents and their children. Clearly the preschooler I read it to liked it, since she immediately asked me to read it again. This is a fun parody of Goodnight Moon, replacing soothing items with ghoulish and monstrous ones. None of the art is too creepy, so even at its weirdest, it's unlikely to cause nightmares. A high quality gift for nerd parents and their children.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cora

    Per my first graders: It was fun. It was funny. It was good. It was awesome. It was cool. It was great. It was amazing. It was, like, um brilliant! It was better than Goodnight Moon.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarina

    October 2020 3 stars This is book is exactly what it says on the cover: a parody of the bedtime classic Goodnight Moon. It’s a fun read, but maybe don’t read it aloud if your young audience is easily spooked. I had a childhood fear of monsters looking at me through my bedroom window, so that goon would’ve fed my five-year-old self’s nightmares. October 2019 4 stars I loved the Dianoga cameo.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hannah (FreeInFiction)

    I read this book about 15 times in a row to a child I was babysitting so I think this should count as a book I read😂

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Gross

    I liked this book a lot. It's creepy and kooky and spooky and funny. It's way better than that stupid dreamer book we were promoting last month. I liked this book a lot. It's creepy and kooky and spooky and funny. It's way better than that stupid dreamer book we were promoting last month.

  12. 5 out of 5

    David

    Goodnight Goon (A Petrifying Parody) by Michael Rex is a creepy parody of the classic Good Night Moon. With a story suited for either a Monster or Halloween theme, Good Night Goon focuses on a creepy little monster's bedroom tomb, where litle monster is just getting settled for bed, when a mischevious goon comes in, ready to keep everyone up all night. The text is funny and creepy starting with a listing of all the elements in the room, including a gravestone, a black lagoon, pictures of Martians Goodnight Goon (A Petrifying Parody) by Michael Rex is a creepy parody of the classic Good Night Moon. With a story suited for either a Monster or Halloween theme, Good Night Goon focuses on a creepy little monster's bedroom tomb, where litle monster is just getting settled for bed, when a mischevious goon comes in, ready to keep everyone up all night. The text is funny and creepy starting with a listing of all the elements in the room, including a gravestone, a black lagoon, pictures of Martians taking over the Moon, and little Mummies rubbing their tummies, two hairy claws, a set of jaws, a skull, a shoe, a pot full of goo, and a hairy old werewolf hollering "boo!". The familiar rhyming cadence works well. Once Goon enters through a window, havoc ensues as Goon chews on the pictures and releases those pictured. Goon steals a leg bone from skeleton, catches a fish fronm the lagoon and uses it to lure the claws into the mouth of the jaws. Goon rides on ghosts, wears the witch's hat and chases the bat with a broom. As the bat becomes a vampire (who helps witch repair skeleton), Goon wears the shoe, which is retrived by a Frankenstein-like creature, and drinks the goo. Finally little monster makes Goon stop and sleep under the bed and peace reigns, for the moment. Rex used pencil drawings colored in Photoshop. The illustrations are very funny with plenty of energy and lots of details. Numerous objects and actions are shown not mentioned in the text, expecially many small creatures in peril. There are a couple details that are a bit gruesome, including the inference that the mummies in the picture have just eaten an archeologist! This would be a fun read-aloud. The details, however, scream to be studied during one on one sharing. There are possibilities for use in the classroom in writing classes. While it could be a bedtime possibility, that would depend on how sensitive a child one has. For ages 5 and up, monsters, parody, Halloween themes, and fans of Michael Rex.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    very clever parody of goodnight moon. sure to be a hit with fans of the original book, especially parents who have been asked to read "goodnight moon" about 56 too many times. i'm not a big fan of the style of illustration; although it was very colorful, with lots of things for kids to look at and explore on each page, it was a bit too cartoony for my tastes. however, the writing was excellent, and i loved the ending "goodnight monsters everywhere." very clever parody of goodnight moon. sure to be a hit with fans of the original book, especially parents who have been asked to read "goodnight moon" about 56 too many times. i'm not a big fan of the style of illustration; although it was very colorful, with lots of things for kids to look at and explore on each page, it was a bit too cartoony for my tastes. however, the writing was excellent, and i loved the ending "goodnight monsters everywhere."

  14. 4 out of 5

    Prashant

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! A parody of [Book: Goodnight Moon] when a kid says goodnight to all the terrifying creatures he can imagine. Don't know if this can be read as a children's bedtime story but if you have a mischievous, hard-ass punk kid at home, this is sure going to be his/her favorite! Goodnight Monsters Everywhere! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! A parody of [Book: Goodnight Moon] when a kid says goodnight to all the terrifying creatures he can imagine. Don't know if this can be read as a children's bedtime story but if you have a mischievous, hard-ass punk kid at home, this is sure going to be his/her favorite! Goodnight Monsters Everywhere!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This is a fun parody of Goodnight Moon. I want to use this and pair it with Goodnight Moon and Madeline, paired with its parody Frankenstein next Halloween. It would also be fun to introduce parody using Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Goon, and the new parody Goodnight IPad. What a fun lesson that would be!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Goodnight Moon, although I like it well enough. I think I like this parody of it a bit more. Love the tummies. Love the ending; it’s very smart. 3 ½ stars I’ve never been a huge fan of Goodnight Moon, although I like it well enough. I think I like this parody of it a bit more. Love the tummies. Love the ending; it’s very smart. 3 ½ stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mir

    A cute little read or gift for Halloween, but lacking the innocent charm of the original or the dork appeal of Goodnight Dune. A cute little read or gift for Halloween, but lacking the innocent charm of the original or the dork appeal of Goodnight Dune.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    Perfect for the household that loves Halloween and has had quite enough of Goodnight Moon, thank you very much. The cadence and concepts of Goodnight Moon are mimicked delightfully.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stacey M

    Super cute Halloween read. Great for kids who love Goodnight Moon.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Savannah Hendricks

    Wow, I'm so late to the game. This book came out in 2008! Yikes, but it's great, perfect for Halloween! Wow, I'm so late to the game. This book came out in 2008! Yikes, but it's great, perfect for Halloween!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bronwyn

    Fun little Halloween parody of Goodnight Moon.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This book is so adorable and so fun. Great Halloween read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Rex, Michael. Goodnight Goon. Just in time for Halloween comes a monster-filled parody of a children's classic, Goodnight Moon. Goodnight Goon has it all--Martians, mummies, bats, werewolves, and much, much more. This book will make a great read aloud treat in October. And would definitely be a fun addition to school and classroom libraries everywhere. (This may just inspire a few more parodies of Goodnight Moon.) In the cold gray tomb There was a gravestone And a black lagoon And a picture of-- Marti Rex, Michael. Goodnight Goon. Just in time for Halloween comes a monster-filled parody of a children's classic, Goodnight Moon. Goodnight Goon has it all--Martians, mummies, bats, werewolves, and much, much more. This book will make a great read aloud treat in October. And would definitely be a fun addition to school and classroom libraries everywhere. (This may just inspire a few more parodies of Goodnight Moon.) In the cold gray tomb There was a gravestone And a black lagoon And a picture of-- Martians taking over the moon And there were three little mummies rubbing their tummies... To find out what else there is...to eventually say goodnight to...in this parody, you'll need to track down a copy at your local bookstore or library and read it yourself. From the publisher: Goodnight monsters everywhere, in this parody romp with its own special twist! “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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Okay... another book read on We Give Books.org, though it's in my stack at school. I have to say I never was a GOODNIGHT MOON fan. Maybe it's because I had to read it so many times when my kids were little??? I actually like it more now; the break has been good. I've seen this monster parody all over the place, and actually have a few copies. Thought maybe I could use it to teach parody. (I am also looking to read "Where the Meek Things Are," another obvious parody. I actually enjoyed this book. Okay... another book read on We Give Books.org, though it's in my stack at school. I have to say I never was a GOODNIGHT MOON fan. Maybe it's because I had to read it so many times when my kids were little??? I actually like it more now; the break has been good. I've seen this monster parody all over the place, and actually have a few copies. Thought maybe I could use it to teach parody. (I am also looking to read "Where the Meek Things Are," another obvious parody. I actually enjoyed this book. (Should've read earlier...) The storyline fits well in this format--saying goodnight to all the monsters in the room. It stands alone as a cute story that children with their bedtime worries could relate to and maybe be somewhat soothed about. Not for the very young ones though...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    A petrifying Parody on Good night Moon. We have the original book memorized, and because this book has the exact same cadence we find it irresistible. the pictures add an extra funny component as the "goon" systematically eats everything in his room, causing the Martians taking over the Moon to leave their picture frame. As do the three little mummies rubbing their tummies. "A comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush and a quiet old lady whispering hush" becomes... "A skull and a shoe and a pot fu A petrifying Parody on Good night Moon. We have the original book memorized, and because this book has the exact same cadence we find it irresistible. the pictures add an extra funny component as the "goon" systematically eats everything in his room, causing the Martians taking over the Moon to leave their picture frame. As do the three little mummies rubbing their tummies. "A comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush and a quiet old lady whispering hush" becomes... "A skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo and a hairy old werewolf who was hollering Boo." Brilliant parody. We all loved it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    The idea of turning every kid’s beloved classic Goodnight Moon into Halloween tale is brilliant. My kids know by heart the words of Goodnight Moon and it adds a certain level of excitement. “In the cold gray tomb / There was a gravestone / And a black lagoon / And a picture of… Martians taking over the moon / And there were three little mummies rubbing their tummies…. “ I don’t know about you but I’m impressed with all the neat and awesome rhyming. Nothing feels forced and out of tune. We like t The idea of turning every kid’s beloved classic Goodnight Moon into Halloween tale is brilliant. My kids know by heart the words of Goodnight Moon and it adds a certain level of excitement. “In the cold gray tomb / There was a gravestone / And a black lagoon / And a picture of… Martians taking over the moon / And there were three little mummies rubbing their tummies…. “ I don’t know about you but I’m impressed with all the neat and awesome rhyming. Nothing feels forced and out of tune. We like the detailed illustrations by the author himself. You can find more funny Halloween Books on my blog Kid Minds. http://www.kidminds.org/2015/10/the-f...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    This book treads a thin line, poking gentle fun at a classic while trying not to be so severe as to turn off readers who have loved Margaret Wise Brown's original. I think that author Michael Rex has managed this balancing act quite well, and I found the text to be solidly humorous and fun. The mention on the book jacket of Michael Rex always having been a fan of "Goodnight Moon" helps his cause significantly, I think. I would give one and a half stars to this book. This book treads a thin line, poking gentle fun at a classic while trying not to be so severe as to turn off readers who have loved Margaret Wise Brown's original. I think that author Michael Rex has managed this balancing act quite well, and I found the text to be solidly humorous and fun. The mention on the book jacket of Michael Rex always having been a fan of "Goodnight Moon" helps his cause significantly, I think. I would give one and a half stars to this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    In this spooky parody of the classic bedtime story Goodnight Moon, we bid goodnight to all of the mummies, werewolves, and monsters going to bed in the tomb. Each page is filled with goofy illustrations perhaps suggesting that monsters aren't all that scary. Instructional suggestions: parody, atmosphere, setting, text structures: (compare and contrast) Genres: fiction, fantasy In this spooky parody of the classic bedtime story Goodnight Moon, we bid goodnight to all of the mummies, werewolves, and monsters going to bed in the tomb. Each page is filled with goofy illustrations perhaps suggesting that monsters aren't all that scary. Instructional suggestions: parody, atmosphere, setting, text structures: (compare and contrast) Genres: fiction, fantasy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This is a great little parody of Goodnight Moon to read to kids for the Halloween season. The artwork is really rather fun. I picked it up a few years ago and I read it every year, as it gets near Halloween. This is a great little parody of Goodnight Moon to read to kids for the Halloween season. The artwork is really rather fun. I picked it up a few years ago and I read it every year, as it gets near Halloween.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    This take off on the popular Good night Moon children's tale was very inventive and the illustrations were fun, but my 6 year old's didn't get the whole plot and thought it was just okay. Its a little complicated for the young set, and who else is going to read it. This take off on the popular Good night Moon children's tale was very inventive and the illustrations were fun, but my 6 year old's didn't get the whole plot and thought it was just okay. Its a little complicated for the young set, and who else is going to read it.

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