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19 Fun Facts About Children’s Books Spotted at the Library

This past week I spent some quality time in the children’s section of my local library. Over on Instagram (we’re @mental_floss), I’ve been sharing photos of books with facts related to them. Since only 1,030 people have joined us over there — way more than the 42 who’d joined us before last weekend, but still [...]

7 Children’s Books Written in Response to Other Books

Some authors write books because they have a way with words. Other people write books because they have a story they want to share with the world. And a select group of individuals write books mostly to spite the author of another book. These books were written in response to another book, some angrily and [...]

Goodnight Dune

A couple of months ago, cartoonist Caldwell Tanner composed a few covers for classic children’s picture books as though they were inspired by science fiction. Julia Yu was either inspired by one such cover or arrived at the idea on her own, but has, at any rate, composed a full-length presentation of Margaret Wise Brown’s [...]

Goodnight Keith Moon

(YouTube Link) Goodnight Keith Moon is a parody of the classic children’s picture book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. This version by Bruce Worden and Clare Cross features Keith Moon (1946-1978), drummer for The Who. The humor is pretty dark, so readers who don’t wish to have haunting memories Goodnight Moon should probably skip this one. Link [...]