Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Today I have a special guest helping me with this review!!
When I received a copy of Goodnight Mr. Darcy to review, I eagerly showed Mr. Bingley (my husband) and asked if he was interested in reading it and reviewing it with me. He was only too happy to participate! He loves the BabyLit display we found in our local bookstore and has decided we must purchase the whole collection when we one day have our own child. To be honest…he wants to start buying them now, which I think is adorable. 🙂
Anyways, this review is coming from the perspective of two readers who are not very familiar with the children’s classic, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (shocking, I know!) Mr. Bingley, born in Colombia, didn’t read it as a child, and I honestly can’t remember if I did! My more memorable childhood reads were books by Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, and Robert Munsch.
Regardless, we were both looking forward to reading this parody of a classic!
Mr. Bingley: I enjoyed the story a lot. Being familiar with Pride and Prejudice, it was nice to see all the key words and familiar characters represented such as: Netherfield, Lydia, Jane, and Mrs. Bennet. The artwork is well done, attractive, and colorful. I liked how they paid homage to Goodnight Moon, with the similar cover, color palette, font, and even saying on one page “Goodnight Moon.”
Meredith: Super fun and cute! With such an abbreviated medium to tell the story of Pride and Prejudice, it looks like the author mostly focused on two main elements – the Netherfield Ball and the happily ever after. 🙂 Keeping it light for young readers who might not be ready for tales of pride, prejudice, and misunderstandings before they go to bed! I loved seeing such beloved characters in this storybook kind of setting. And the ending was perfect with the rhymes chosen!
However, we both agreed that the story did feel a little bit jarring in how it changed from setting the scene at the Netherfield Ball and introducing the guests there, to saying the litany of goodnights. Maybe one more page about the events of the ball/evening coming to an end would have made a smoother transition.
- As a Children’s Story: 4 stars
Great for a bedtime story, will lull little ones to sleep with the rhythmic rhyme scheme. If we were reading it to a child though, we’d definitely elaborate the story a little bit. Explaining what “fine eyes” are and why Mr. Bennet has to say “hush.”
- As a Parody: 5 stars
Perfect! There many little touches that were added to pay homage to Goodnight Moon, including a a cute little mouse! Looking through the amazon preview of Goodnight Moon, we see there are so many lines and images that are alluded to in this parody. Very impressed.
- As an Austen-Inspired Work: 4.5 stars
Represented Jane Austen’s era and characters very well! Austen-lovers will definitely appreciate all the subtle nods to Pride and Prejudice.
OUR FAVORITE PART:
The books published by BabyLit are a fabulous way for literary minded adults to share their love for great classics with their children/grandchildren/nieces and nephews. Want your children to know Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and Jane Austen? Start ’em young! Goodnight Mr. Darcy is a brilliant way to introduce young children to the world of Jane Austen!
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