Friday, December 2, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book three hundred and thirty-six

There are some books that are a joy to read out loud because the language the author used is just so beautiful, and so perfectly put together. Today's picture book is just such a title, and I think that it would be wonderful to share it with a child just before bedtime.

Carolyn Curtis
Illustrated by Alison Jay
Picture Book
Ages 4 to 6
Barefoot Books, 2004, 1-84148-611-6
   One night a boy takes the moon for a walk. The boy, with the moon faithfully following him like a “summer kite,” has all sorts of little adventures. The moon, being perhaps a little unused to going for walks with little boys, almost ends up stuck to a church steeple. Later, the gently smiling and glowing moon carries the boy across the night sky, holding his hand, and letting his friend see the countryside from up above where the owls fly.
   Alison Jay’s richly detailed folkloric style paintings beautifully compliment the simple rhythmic and lyrical text in this book. In this gentle and evocative little story, we get to share a little boy’s dreams. We also get to see a night time world bathed in moonlight, and the many animals that come out at this time of day.
   At the back of the book, the author includes information about “The Mysterious Moon,” and facts about “The World at Night.”

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