Moon Dreams


A bedtime adventure for sleepy little explorers everywhere.

Luna loves to look at the Moon each night before she drifts off to sleep, but she wonders where it goes during the day. While she dreams, her imagination takes her on a journey as she searches far and wide for where the Moon could possibly go when the Sun is out.

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A bedtime adventure for sleepy little explorers everywhere.

Luna loves to look at the Moon each night before she drifts off to sleep, but she wonders where it goes during the day. While she dreams, her imagination takes her on a journey as she searches far and wide for where the Moon could possibly go when the Sun is out.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A consummate bedtime read, Martin's story circles around a single question: "Where," a moon-obsessed girl named Luna wonders, "does the Moon go all day?" Martin's prose dwells on soothing, soporific imagery ("Perhaps the Moon slips softly into the ocean during the day") and slips in lots of sound words ("Whoosh... wash, whoosh... wash went the waves"), while Latyk's spreads show Luna on dreamy excursions underwater in a bulgy little bathysphere, a balloon journey over snow-capped mountains, and a rocket trip that leads her all the way to the Moon. Martin, an editor at Templar, wrote this book as a vehicle for the work of French artist Latyk. His retro spreads feature the flat, graphic figures and slick surfaces of '60s commercial art, but his palette of Prussian blue, robin's egg, and pale orange softens the mix, while the eerie moonlight that bathes objects in its reflected glow adds depth. "I'm always here in space, watching over you," the Moon tells Luna fondly. It's just the thing for a read-aloud after a long, busy day. Ages 4-7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Luna, a little girl, believes the moon watches over her. She gazes at the moon every night before going to sleep. Luna notices that the moon disappears every morning and she wonders where it goes. To discover the moon's daytime location, Luna decides to stay up all night and watch the moon. She wonders if it slips into the ocean. As hard as she tries, Luna cannot stay awake to watch the moon and see where it goes. The next night, Luna determines to stay awake but the night sounds lull her to sleep. The next night, Luna tries yet again to stay awake and determine where the moon goes. She dreams of travelling in space and seeing the moon. The moon tells Luna that it is always here watching over her but can only be seen when the sky is dark. The digital illustrations go very nicely with Luna's quest. On some spreads, the moon appears more dimensional than other objects. Preschoolers and kindergarteners who are already fascinated by the moon can wonder along with Luna about where the moon goes. The story could be used nicely with other books about space as it mentions space and balloon travel. Whether reading for fun or to introduce more factual information, this picture book would delight young readers. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Born on the night of a full Moon, Luna has always felt a special connection to the large floating orb she watches from her window. But where, she wonders, does it go during the day? Her Moon-filled dreams take her, with her toy bunny at her side, beneath the seas, beyond distant mountains, and to the other side of storm clouds. None of these meanderings solve the riddle until finally, while she travels via a spaceship among stars and planets, Moon supplies the answer: "I'm always here in space, watching over you. But you can only see me at night, when the sky is dark." Luna floats dreamily home. The girl's round face, set off by her jet black hair, echoes the Moon in its nighttime sky. This artistic motif continues as Latyk fills the pages with rounded shapes, soft edges, and shaded colors. Full spreads allow ample space for the story to unfold—and for Luna's assortment of toys, which make her journeys feel safe and comfortable. A nice variation to the many nighttime stories available, this one is effectively and pleasingly done.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Luna, who loves the moon, wonders where it goes by day. Thus, nightly she tries to stay awake, hoping to learn its secret. But the sounds of each evening lull her to sleep. In dreams, mirages of the moon appear, yet the mystery remains until the young enthusiast is catapulted into space. Latyk's lush artwork, well-executed and incredibly tasteful, is a visual treat. Composed of graphic shapes in a retro-cool style, the digital illustrations flow with Martin's words as the story progresses. Visions of Luna soaring above mountains, gliding across the sky, luminous in the depths of the sea are exhilarating yet peaceful, playful yet refined. Although the text feels labored at times, the use of onomatopoeia to describe the rhythmic sounds of waves washing, crickets chirping and rain pouring will ready restless readers for bed, and many will find comfort in the steadfast moon and its gentle light. Those who cavil that the moon is very often visible by day are missing the point. A lovely, slumberous story. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763650124
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Martin is the editorial manager at Templar Publishing. She was inspired to write this story by a single postcard of the illustrator’s work. Ruth Martin lives in England.

Olivier Latyk studied in Paris and Strasbourg. His work has appeared in more than forty books and several American newspapers. Olivier Latyk lives in France.

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