What is it about Goodnight Moon? We recently pulled it off the bookshelf to add to our naptime/bedtime repertoire and it is simply magic. Joshua, who usually makes it through about two pages of a book before repeating, "Gook, gook, gook" and straining over the edge of the chair to see what else is available, is absolutely captivated. He stops wiggling, he leans back into my arm, and I can feel his body get heavier and heavier. Yesterday the unthinkable happened...I flipped back to the front to start over again for the third time. He shook his head 'no' and turned around to crawl up on my shoulder, a no-brainer sign that it's time to go to sleep. This from the kid who hasn't figured out how to stop moving.
Is it the alternation between the red/green color pictures and the black/white pictures? Is it the alternation between the panoramic bedroom pictures and the small pictures of the items in the room? Is there actually ether in the pages that is released as the pages turn?
I don't know, but Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd are my heroes.