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