Picture books aren’t just for kids anymore, as evidenced by works like All My Friends Are Dead, anything by Edward Gorey, and of course, Go the F**k to Sleep, which went viral in 2011 when readings by celebrities including Samuel L. Jackson and Werner Herzog started popping up online. I got a good chuckle recently as I flipped through Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd (a silly parody of the children’s classic Goodnight Moon, as the title suggests), so I was undoubtedly excited to hear about the release of a “pitcher book for grown-ups” called Goodnight Brew, celebrating our shared love for beer.
My favorite characters in Goodnight Brew, the hops wildebeest in his charming I ❤ IPA shirt and the walrus, a “baritone brewer with a foamy mustache,” invoke visions of brew masters I’ve encountered over the years, and I know that I’ll never look at home brewers quite the same way again. What I appreciate about the book, apart from it’s silly verse, are the colorfully illustrated views of the brewing process.
Some of us are visual learners, and perhaps some of us learn best through laughter, but I think we could all benefit from becoming friendly with a few more “black bears named Charlie with their sweet malted barley,” and in all seriousness, we can all learn a thing or two from the growing communities of beer lovers everywhere.
Question for readers: If you had to come up with a clever title for the next parody book for beer enthusiasts, what would it be? (Think The Very Thirsty Caterpillar or Diary of a Wimpy Home Brewer, or…)