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The Boy and the Moon (Book) Review

 
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Beautiful illustrations

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Story is somewhat lacking in charisma


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The Boy and the Moon is a great read for visual kids, and parents who wish to instill a love of art. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the little boy seems to leap off the page to save his friend. With characters and backgrounds that are a treat to look at, you may not even notice that the story is somewhat lacking in charisma, but parents (and kids) who are all about an engrossing story may want to look elsewhere.

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Posted May 24, 2013 by

 
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“They howled at the moon, they howled at life, and they howled with all things in the night.”

Bedtime is a special time for parents and kids alike, where snuggling and a love of the written word come together at that magical moment called bedtime. Unfortunately, as parents we know that all bedtime stories are not created equal. For every Chicka Chicka Boom Boom or No, David, there are dozens of other stories that make you weep for humanity as your persistent child picks them night after night. A story that parents and children alike can enjoy is always a treasure that will have you looking forward to story time instead of pleading “Please don’t pick that one” in your head.

Written in a style similar to Where the Wild Things Are, The Boy and the Moon is a lyrical tale of a little boy and his animal friends, who sneak outside at midnight to dance in the light of the moon. But when the moon gets stuck in a tall tree, the boys’ animal companions panic – and it is up to him to save the day (and the moon) with his tree climbing skills and some well placed fruit. The story itself is really quite short, with many pages having only a sentence (or part of one) on the page, which makes it a really quick read. The writing style makes the story quite a calming one – good for bedtime, especially for younger kids, but not particularly exciting. For some reason, the story simply did not grip either of the young ones I read it to all that much.

Fortunately, The Boy and the Moon has a secret weapon in the form of some absolutely beautiful illustrations, and it is here that my daughters fell in love with the book. While the story was take it or leave it for both of them, they could stare at the pages all night. The illustrations are done in muted colors, which suits the nighttime feel of the story. The animals and the little boy seem to jump off the page, with expressive faces that the kids just loved. It is in the illustrations that this book really shines, with pages that would look right at home framed on the nursery walls.

The Boy and the Moon is a great read for visual kids, and parents who wish to instill a love of art. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the little boy seems to leap off the page to save his friend. With characters and backgrounds that are a treat to look at, you may not even notice that the story is somewhat lacking in charisma, but parents (and kids) who are all about an engrossing story may want to look elsewhere.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)