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Summary: This is an adorable takeoff of the children's classic Goodnight Moon, in which Opus' imagination carries him away from the text and into a flight of fancy with a giant purple snorkelwacker, a balloon, and a special bike. Pure fun: for kids who have outgrown Goodnight Moon and whose parents remember Bloom County with fondness.
Type of Reading: bedtime story
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Started reading with a 4-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: She pays attention to the story but lacks the ability to make connections between the original and this takeoff.
Adult Reader Reaction: Even Grandma gets carried away from the text by the end. Breathed's artwork is excellent and the language is funny and easy.
Pros: Opus is a popular, endearing character for kids.
Cons: You and I remember Opus and Bloom County; your kids have no idea why a penguin is funny in his own right. But they'll soon come around.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. A terrific book that belongs on your shelf.
Notes: Be sure to check out the other children's books by Breathed.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, fantasy
Date(s) Reviewed: January 2004
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