A children's picture book written by Margaret Wise Brown, and
illustrated by Clement Hurd. First published in 1947, and it's been a
crowd-pleaser ever since.
The basic plot is that there is a child (who happens to be a bunny), who is
going to sleep. Before doing so, he systematically wishes goodnight to
everything in his room, and the moon.
The illustrations alternate between brightly colored full-page pictures of
the bunny's room (growing darker and darker as the lights are turned out and the
fire dies down), and black and white studies of various items that can be found
in that room. The pictures aren't anything special, but they're busy enough to
be visually interesting, and they rely heavily on contrast between bright shades
of red, yellow, blue, and green, which really catches the eye.
The story is minimalistic, probably averaging about two lines a page. It's done
completely in rhyme:
Goodnight cow jumping over the moon
And the red balloon
About eight pages are devoted to enumerating some of the major points of interest
in the room (the picture of the cow jumping over the moon, and the red balloon,
for example); the rest is an attempt at an exhaustive list of goodnights. Little
kids love it.
When reading this book, remember to look for the mouse. He's in every one of
the color pictures, and darn cute, too.