The Dog Who Loved the Moon

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Pilar received two gifts for her birthday: a pair of dancing shoes, and a little white puppy, named Paco after her favorite uncle. Pilar loves Paco, even more than she loves dancing to the beat of her Tio Paco's drum. And Paco loves to dance with Pilar. But Pilar starts to notice that when the sun goes down, Paco never wants to dance. All he does is lie around and howl at the moon. "He's in love," says Chachi, Tio Paco's new girlfriend. "With whom?" everyone wonders. But Pilar has a suspicion, and she has a plan....

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Overview

Pilar received two gifts for her birthday: a pair of dancing shoes, and a little white puppy, named Paco after her favorite uncle. Pilar loves Paco, even more than she loves dancing to the beat of her Tio Paco's drum. And Paco loves to dance with Pilar. But Pilar starts to notice that when the sun goes down, Paco never wants to dance. All he does is lie around and howl at the moon. "He's in love," says Chachi, Tio Paco's new girlfriend. "With whom?" everyone wonders. But Pilar has a suspicion, and she has a plan. And on her birthday, she and her family are going to make Paco's wish come true.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2- Pilar is overjoyed with her birthday gifts: a pair of pink ballet slippers and a puppy that, she hopes, will be her new dancing partner. Yet despite the spirit of music and celebration that permeates the lives of the girl and her family, the dog will not dance. Paco has fallen in love with the moon, and only Pilar's musical uncle and a dose of magic can cure his ailment. The digitally rendered artwork portrays characters with round, cartoonlike faces and a Latino neighborhood infused with tropical color. Flowers and foliage are found everywhere-in the verdant backyard, in bright clothing patterns, and in the interior decor. Angular lines and bold hues continually draw the eye to the white moon. Unfortunately, clunky pacing makes the text seem long, and the nature of the dog's adoration for the moon is unclear, as it seems to waver between maternal and romantic love. Moreover, the magical elements of the story are disappointingly underdeveloped. Strong Latino characters and lush art can't make up for the weak plotting.-Madeline Walton-Hadlock, San Jose Public Library, CA

Kirkus Reviews
A fanciful story about a dog that's lovesick for the moon, and a young girl's wish to bring the two together. Every evening Pilar dances in her pink zapatillas and invites her puppy Paco to join her. But Paco-who plays fetch and cuddles by day-can only sigh and look longingly at the moon; and no amount of Pilar's leaping and twirling can appease him come night. Dog-lovers and avid dancers will adore Serra's illustrations, as an exuberant Pilar dances the cha-cha-cha with a despondent Paco. Reminiscent of the graphic stylizations of J.otto Seibold, and done in a 1950s color palette with pop geometry, Serra's digitally rendered illustrations are rich with texture and detail. Despite its pat ending, Garc'a will have readers boogying to the beat of the conga, as they howl and sing to Babaluna, asking her to come down from the sky. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442430891
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,060,301
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Cristina Garcia

Cristina García is the author of six novels, including the National Book Award finalist Dreaming in Cuban; children’s books; anthologies; and poetry. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers’ Award, among other honors, and is currently University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. Visit her website at CristinaGarciaNovelist.com.

Sebastià Serra lives with his family in a village near Barcelona, Spain, in a house facing the Mediterranean Sea. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, and has illustrated several books in Spain and in the United States. You can visit him online at www.sebastiaserra.com.

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