Moon Child

Overview

Are you a moon child?

Three little animals, curious about the bright nighttime sky, playfully interact with a beautiful full moon. Follow raccoon, owl, and otter as they find a way to snuggle in their mother’s arms under the moon’s watchful gaze.

Moon Child captures the quietness of a lullaby, and the rich illustrations glow with the magic of the natural world.

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Overview

Are you a moon child?

Three little animals, curious about the bright nighttime sky, playfully interact with a beautiful full moon. Follow raccoon, owl, and otter as they find a way to snuggle in their mother’s arms under the moon’s watchful gaze.

Moon Child captures the quietness of a lullaby, and the rich illustrations glow with the magic of the natural world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Krilanovich makes her children's book debut with a whimsical story that casts the moon both as a source of nighttime comfort and as something with which to interact. "I can balance the moon on the tip of my nose," she writes, while Sayles shows a small owl perched on a branch, appearing to do just that. Other animals also make the impossible possible--a raccoon, for instance, can "pinch the moon" between its fingers (actually, the moon's reflection in the water). The full moon is a massive, luminous presence in each of Sayles's dark and dreamy spreads, rising and falling with the ebb and flow of night. Ages 2–4. (Oct.)
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Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2010:
"Krilanovich’s striking debut will have youngsters peering out the window to see if the moon is in fact watching over them...and very likely reaching out to give it a hug."
Kirkus Reviews
This charming bedtime lullaby gives readers a new way of looking at the moon as they follow a raccoon, an owl and an otter in their nighttime rambles. When he hangs from a branch and curls up tight, the raccoon can fit inside the moon, while the owl, perched proudly in a tree, can balance it on his nose. The raccoon peering into the stream brags, "I can pinch the moon between my fingers, and pluck it from the sky," and the river otter floating on his back can reach up and give the moon a hug. And when they all finally turn in for sleep, it is the moon that watches over them all. Sayles's pastel-and-acrylic illustrations beautifully capture the sense of wonder the young animals have for the luminous full moon. Her night is a place of magic where water holds stars and anything is possible. Krilanovich's striking debut will have youngsters peering out the window to see if the moon is in fact watching over them...and very likely reaching out to give it a hug. (Picture book. 2-6)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Various animal babies interact with the full moon in this quiet charmer. Otter playfully "catches" it in order to give the orb a big hug, a raccoon plays with the reflection of its light, and an owl smiles at the stars and pretends she can balance the moon on the tip of her nose. There is very little text—only one sentence per spread—but it works well for this subject matter and mood. Sayles has primarily used dark blue and brown pastels with acrylic ink to set the tone for this peaceful night where all is well. Sweet dreams are sure to follow. Perfect for bedtime or evening storytimes.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582463254
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 526,425
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

NADIA KRILANOVICH studied art in college and graduated cum laude with a BA in Studio Art from Western Washington University in 2002. She has worked as an artist, dance instructor, and vocalist. For Moon Child, Nadia felt inspired by the idea that the moon seems to watch over all of us. This is her first children's book. She lives in Whatcom County, Washington.

ELIZABETH SAYLES has illustrated more than twenty books for children, including The Goldfish Yawned, which she also wrote. It was chosen as the Bank Street College Best Children's Book for 2005. She also illustrated I Already Know I Love You, by Billy Crystal, which was a New York Times #1 best-selling picture book. Elizabeth lives in Valley Cottage, New York.

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When I curl up tight, I fit into the moon.

I bring my knees to my chest and point my toes until I am tiny and round, moon-sized.

I am a moon child.

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