So naturally when my daughter came along it quickly became one of her favorites too. I mean, how could you not love the comb, and the brush, and the bowl full of mush? (Not to mention the quiet old lady whispering 'hush.')
Even with all of the books that they have, they still pick this one as their bedtime story at least once a week. And each time we pull it out my daughter has to "read it" first. She knows the entire story by heart, and recites it perfectly. I have to say that it's one of the most adorable things I've ever witnessed.
So when the kids noticed the picture on the back advertising the "companion" book, of course they wanted to read it too. It took some searching, but I finally found it at an online bookstore. When it arrived we pulled it out and read it excitedly... only to discover what a huge disappointment it is.
I mean, it's not like Goodnight Moon is a masterpiece in storytelling or anything, but at least it does tell a story. All of the words follow along logically as the little bunny says goodnight to everything around him. It's not Shakespeare, but it's a cute story.
The "companion" book, however, is not. The closest that I can come to accurately describing it is to say that it's a collection of random words and phrases put together on paper. We have masterpieces like:
And she ends it with:
I know I'm being kind of a harsh critic. And I would feel bad for it, but... really? That's the "companion" to Goodnight Moon?! My kids were SO disappointed. When it was over they just kind of looked at me with a perplexed expression. (If they could have articulated it, I know they would have been saying the same thing I was.)
I generally try not to be cynical, but I couldn't help but think, after reading this, that apparently after you write a book that sells millions of copies and is loved by children everywhere, you can just put any random words next to pictures, call it a book, and people will buy it.
So parents, I offer you this advice: Don't bother. There's a good chance that you and your kids will be disappointed.
And to my readers, I offer this promise: My writing will always have meaning. I don't care how many millions of copies I sell, or how many languages my work is translated into. I will never just put random words on paper and call it a story.