Austen in August (4) – Goodnight Mr. Darcy


I bought myself a copy of Goodnight Mr. Darcy: A BabyLit® Parody Picture Book by Kate Coombs and Alli Arnold as a birthday gift. I adore Pride and Prejudice and Goodnight Moon, so this picture book seemed like a no brainer. It is (almost) as adorable and charming as I hoped it would be!

Alli Arnold did a fabulous job of parodying Clement Hurd’s original illustrations, as you can tell from the covers:

Kate Coombs’ parody of Margaret Wise Brown’s text wasn’t quite as successful. The rhyming scheme and cadence of the words is off at times, so it doesn’t flow as well as the original, especially when read aloud. However, I did love a few of the substitutions that were made. Mr. Bingley turned to mush was my favorite!

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If you love Goodnight Moon, here are a few other parodies to try:

Goodnight Goon: a Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex


Goodnight Forest Moon by Noah Dziobecki

4 thoughts on “Austen in August (4) – Goodnight Mr. Darcy

    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      Google Goodnight Moon parodies – there are a bunch more that I haven’t read. Michael Rex also wrote a parody of The Runaway Bunny. It’s called The Runaway Mummy and it’s hilarious!
      I also discovered that there are two versions of Goodnight Mr. Darcy – the picture book that I have, and a board book. The board book is abridged and the rhyme scheme works better in it.

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