Like the thousands of children before her, Lulu loves Goodnight Moon, the children's picture book written by Margaret Wise Brown. Published in the late 1940s, it seems as popular today as it ever was then. And just like the Sophie giraffe, it's one of the items you know nearly every parent-friend of yours has.
I have always thought the book's art by Clement Hurd to be a little dark, maybe even creepy. But Lulu's demands for the book to be read over and over (in French and English) reassured me that she was digging the small cast of characters, rhythm of the words, and bedroom full of fun.
Goodnight Dune, a retelling of the children's classic updated with Dune characters and environments is making the pop culture geek in me flip out. Who created such a cool mash up?! Enter Julia Yu, a senior developer at The Daily Beast. In her own words she describes her inspiration and process below:
Goodnight Dune was written and illustrated after I saw this article for Five Sci-Fi Children's Books on College Humor, linked from a Reddit post which asked for a more fleshed out version of the book. While the original parody art was amazing I decided to stick closer to the original Goodnight Moon art style, using some stylistic elements from the David Lynch movie version of Dune.
Wow. Seriously. Wow. So cool! I bet all Gen-X parents are loving this new iteration. I only wish Goodnight Dune could be published and read nightly in our household. Following are a few images to get you psyched. Read the whole thing here:
[Shout out to my pal Michelle for the link share!]