Picture Book Visual Analysis: Goodnight Moon

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Picture Book Visual Analysis: Goodnight Moon The Picture book Goodnight Moon written by Margret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd displays many artistic and textual elements brought to life by the creation of this book. An effective fictional picture book displaying a rabbit and the routines that he goes through before falling asleep at night. A relatable story for many children, who also have various routines and rituals they preform before going to bed each night. Although this is an imaginary story about a rabbit, children can relate to it because of the human like qualities given to the main character. Taking this story from a typical book to a timeless bedtime classic Molly Bang principles were evident throughout the entire…show more content…
Horning terms are also apparent in the book Goodnight Moon. There is constant repetition throughout the text as the rabbit says goodnight to everyone and everything in his room before he falls asleep. The setting is also repetitive, each page goes back and forth between a 2 spread colorful page of the Rabbit’s room and then to a black and white page displaying a picture of what the rabbit is saying goodnight to. The simple rhythm use in the text makes it an easy an enjoyable read, almost like a poem. There is no unneeded text in the book to distract the reader or confuse them. When the book starts the rabbit’s room is very bright but as he goes through and tells everything in his room goodnight and become sleepier and sleepier the room appears to become darker and darker in value. Just like as our eye gets heavy when we get tired and begin to fall asleep, we start to see less and less until we finally begin to slumber and there’s just darkness. The illustrations do an incredible job of showing the darkness taking over the room throughout the course of the story. Rabbit’s room is full of so many unique textures. The big round rug in his bedroom, animal skin rug, and the kitten’s fur are all examples of different textures that are evident through the illustrations. These give to book a new dimension on complexity. This makes the room and the life of the rabbit appear more relatable to children reading this
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