Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Let's Visit - Goodnight Dune

Goodnight maud'Dib ...

I figured that I would feature Goodnight Dune today just in case you have somehow managed to miss it.  For those of you who do not know, Goodnight Dune is a parody of the beloved children's bedtime story Goodnight Moon.  Written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, Goodnight Moon was originally published in 1947.  As far as I know, it has never been out of print since.  The original children's book was about a little bunny who notices everything in his room before saying goodnight to the objects and falling asleep.  In Julia Yu's version, a little boy rabbit goes through the same motions but his room is populated by objects from Frank Herbert's Dune.  The little boy's room is also noticeably a bit scarier with the presence gom jabbar on disembodied hands and (adorable) sardukar hanging about.

A personal favorite of mine, Dune is quite possibly one of the best science fiction novels ever written.  No one knows what the late-Frank Herbert would have thought about this take on his classic novel.  I do know, however, that if Yu can work out the copyright issues and get her version published, a host of little geeklings will find Goodnight Dune on their bedside tables.  After all, it is our duty to indoctrinate them while they are young ... right?  Right??

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