Guess what makes the Milky Way milky…

If you’ve ever heard of Berkeley Breathed’s famous comic strip Opus, then you’re familiar with its main character, Opus the penguin.

Berkeley Breathed has written a few children’s books starring Opus, including the wonderful The Last Basselope. But today I want to show you what happens in Goodnight Opus, because there are no cows in The Last Basselope but plenty in this one.

Goodnight Opus by Berkeley Breathed

Goodnight Opus by Berkeley Breathed

As Grandma reads the same bedtime story to Opus for the two-hundredth time (Goodnight Moon), Opus decides to put a spin on it and use his own imagination. The stuffed cow toy standing at the foot of the dresser gives you an idea of what’s coming next…

Goodnight Opus - Opus reading Goodnight Moon

Opus suddenly flies into space and reaches the Milky Way with his friends. Looks what the Milky Way is made up of. Cows, lots of cows! Who knew?

Goodnight Opus - reaching the milky way, with cows!

Goodnight Opus – reaching the milky way, with cows!

You’ve got to take a closer look at the faces of these cows, waiting to smooth on everyone and everything. They are priceless! 

Goodnight Opus - the cows making up the Milky Way

At the end of the book, Opus flies back down to Earth and reality, and enjoys a cold glass of milk in the kitchen. Looks at the cow keeping him company on the kitchen counter. What a lovely way to wrap up the story.

Goodnight Opus - a cow on the kitchen counter

Goodnight Opus – a cow on the kitchen counter

By the way, I didn’t count the cows making up the Milky Way, but I want to bet this is the most cows I”ll ever see in a single book. Did you count them?

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One response to “Guess what makes the Milky Way milky…

  1. Pingback: WWW Wednesdays – July 18, 2012 | Perfecting motherhood

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