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Goodnight Keith Moon is a parody of the ubiquitous parent staple, illustrated children's book "Goodnight Moon" , written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd and first published in 1947.
The adult riff on the classic bedtime story places late and legendary The Who drummer Keith Moon, who was known for his self-destructive behavior, in the title role. The new book, written and illustrated by Michiganers Bruce Worden and Clare Cross, has a similar look as the original at first glance. But upon closer inspection, broken booze bottles, busted drumsticks and even the ghost of Mama Cass make an appearance.
above: Keith Moon, drummer for The Who from 1964 until his death in 1978
The Book :
Both authors have big plans for the future regarding their writing career — Worden has written a graphic novel on Eric Clapton and the legend of Robert Johnson and has started on a few other children’s book projects. More information on Worden can be found at SketchSketchSketch.com.
Meanwhile, Cross is working on a World War I novel and gathering poetry, fiction and short memoir pieces to place in a literary journal. She is also currently putting together a website, which will show her published works and future plans.
Goodnight Keith Moon
By Bruce Worden, By Clare Cross
32 Pages, 8 x 7
Cloth, $10.95 (US $10.95) (CA $11.95)
Rights: US & CA
Can of Worms Press (Jul 2011)
Buy it here from IPG
or for less at Amazon
A special thanks to Steve Dettlinger for bringing this to my attention!