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Fear of the unknown.

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Multiple members of my family have the classic, much beloved Goodnight Moon memorized (by Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Clement Hurd). The book has been parodied and commented on by many, but I have to add that it contains one of the scariest image-word combinations I have ever encountered (I read for a living). The more you say “Goodnight nobody” and stare at that blank page the scarier it becomes. The more you think about it, the more you wonder. You can try to move on quickly and just focus on the mush, but your eyes will drift back to the threateningly blank page. I use to read this to my daughter before she went to sleep, I had to stop because it made it impossible for me to sleep.

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  1. Pingback: Please please please go to sleep, in your own bed, for the night | Children's books

  2. Hmm, I don’t think it’s so bad. It might creep you out when you’re older, but when you’re a child you’re not going to be giving it too much thought. Or if you do, you’d probably think it was funny rather than scary.


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