Today I picked up a cute little book I special ordered from Content Bookstore where I work part-time. The book, Goodnight Mr. Darcy, is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice in the fashion of the beloved children’s classic Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.
I honestly don’t remember how I found out that Goodnight Mr. Darcy existed, I must have seen it online somewhere. Come to think of it, I may have seen a link to the book when I took an online quiz titled “Which Jane Austen Hero is your Soulmate?” (I got Mr. Darcy, of course but would have been more than satisfied with Colonel Brandon or Mr. Knightley). Whatever the case, when I discovered Goodnight Mr. Darcy, I decided I had to order it to add to my collection of Jane Austen books.
The book is A Baby Lit Parody written by Kate Coombs and illustrated by Alli Arnold. It’s a board book with bright, wonderful illustrations. The storyline is, understandably, extremely streamlined. Nonetheless, I am glad I found the book and added it to my Austen collection. Without a doubt, it will sit on my bookshelf next to A Guinea Pig Pride & Prejudice. Without a doubt, I will read it often and doing so will make me smile.
By the way, I took a quick look at BabyLit’s website and discovered that they offer board book versions of Emma and Sense and Sensibility as well as many other classics. I think I’m in trouble…it’s likely I will add the other BabyLit Austen books to my collection as well.
On a related note, just today we received another Jane Austen book, Jane Austen: An Illustrated Biography, at Content. This one is a biography from the Library of Luminaries collection. It’s a 6″x6″ hardcover with lovely illustrations. I think I’ll need to add this book to my collection, too!