Goodnight Bush! A Brilliant Parody

One of the best-known and best-loved children’s books ever published is Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon, which has been translated and parodied countless times but remains forever beloved by children, parents, and grandparents.  Non-parents and ultra-cool teenagers might be the few holdouts, but their time has come with the newest, unauthorized parody:

Written by Erich Origen and Gan Golan, and clearly not for (or about) innocents, Goodnight Bush vivisects the current Administration with merciless accuracy, using every possible razor edge that has caused this country to bleed since the stolen election of 2000.

Fans of the original will be particularly enchanted by the complete loyalty shown to the Brown’s text and Hurd’s illustrations — the gentle rhyme scheme, the simple lines — all reimagined with a Gestalt effect.  Where sweet love and innocence were the essence of Brown’s book, Origen and Golan replace every sweet detail with malice and guilt.  Cheney whispers “Hush” to a worshipful FOX, the fire in the hearth is fueled by election ballots, and bin Ladin is easily found on every page.  The details are exquisite, such as the titles on books that line the shelves, like Rapture the Flag.

You can order your copy wherever cool books are sold, like Amazon.  Or Powell’s.  Or Barnes & Noble.
ISBN: 978-0316040419
Published by Little, Brown & Company.

I’ve got two on order already.

The website is also offering a Couplet Contest, asking for headline-related entries in poetic form, as a sort of farewell celebration, between Independence (from Bush) Day, 2008, to January 19, 2009.  Enter as often as you like, and perhaps you’ll win a free, autographed book!



  1. June 18, 2008 at 10:29 am

    I think I may have to buy that one.

  2. tigereye said,

    June 24, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    I’ve tried to leave a comment here (to tell you I must have this book!) twice, and both times I got a blank page. What a ripoff — it could have at least SAID, “you have been directed to the home page of the Guantanamo Bay facility, where you will shortly be spending some time…”

  3. shadodottir said,

    June 25, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Wanda and Tigereye, I hope you’ll both let me know if you secure a copy of this — our source for books is already sold-out of their first shipment! I have the feeling it will be the ultimate souvenir from this long, strange trip.

    Make sure you go to Origen & Golan’s website, too, and submit a couplet or two!

  4. tigereye said,

    June 25, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Actually the ultimate souvenir would be… Nah. I’m already on enough government watch lists.

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