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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Mercurio, a wizened, flat-topped elf of a man, awakens one morning and finds the house to himself, he is struck with the idea of making moon soup. He spends all day gathering the ingredients to prepare this delicacy--and what a shopping list it is! Six eggs and the color purple (lilacs, violets and eggplants are good), ``teacups galore,'' a scoop of sunset and a little music all blended in a large umbrella. When the lunar brew is ready, there's only one place to dine: ``sitting on the moon.'' This unusual picture book is a visual feast of surreal colors and shapes. Bright, bold artwork glistens with an undercurrent of eeriness as Desimini ( The Great Peace March ; Heron Street ) whisks together design sophistication and childlike quirkiness. The text itself is a bit arbitrary: there seems to be little rhyme or reason to the makings of moon soup, and any item could be added to the list without real consequence. Desimini's imagination is wonderfully fertile while her book's foundations are agreeably off-center. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-How does one make moon soup? Spend the day collecting the fanciful ingredients-purple things, teacups, a sunset-then put on wings and fly to the moon to eat it. Although this slight story is weakly whimsical, the illustrations shove it right out into the fantasy stratosphere. Who is preparing the soup? A person with wrinkled brown skin, bright blue eyes, gray hair cut spiky on top with a long braid in back, elfin ears, Frida Kahlo eyebrows, slippers with pointy toes, and blue wings. She (He?, It?) mixes the concoction in an umbrella with the help of some bizarre looking friends (some of whom might be vegetables; others are geometric figures). Shapes, lines, and colors combine to create an exciting visual experience. But, lacking a strong story, this book comes across like a vivid but enigmatic piece of performance art.-Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
Ilene Cooper
Surrealistic in both story and style, this quirky piece offers a recipe for moon soup. It all begins at sunrise when the narrator (a man who looks a lot like Eddie Munster with a crew cut) informs us he that he needs to collect six eggs and toss them in a pot ("if not, an umbrella will do"). But the main ingredient for moon soup is purple, so he gathers lilacs and violets and eggplants and grapes and blends them well. After adding a few other other items, it's time to eat the soup, and there's only one place to do that--on the moon, so off he flies. Unexpected shapings and strong, bold colors give this a dreamlike quality, but not the sleep-inducing kind, the energizing, jump-out-of-bed kind. Desimini's fanciful art may be over the top for some, but it's hard to tear your eyes away.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562824648
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.27 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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