When the Moon Smiled: A Bedtime Counting Book

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Petr Horacek’s vividly colorful illustrations and multiplying die-cut stars make for a bedtime counting book that twinkles with charm.

Night has come to the farm, but the moon is not smiling. The animals are all out of place, and to set things right, the moon needs to light the stars, one by one. As the number of yellow die-cut stars increases on each page, little readers will be eager to count them (and to count all the animals, too). With appealingly childlike artwork in rich ...

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Overview

Petr Horacek’s vividly colorful illustrations and multiplying die-cut stars make for a bedtime counting book that twinkles with charm.

Night has come to the farm, but the moon is not smiling. The animals are all out of place, and to set things right, the moon needs to light the stars, one by one. As the number of yellow die-cut stars increases on each page, little readers will be eager to count them (and to count all the animals, too). With appealingly childlike artwork in rich glowing hues, this warm, clever counting book will bring smiles all around.

One by one the moon lights up stars to put to sleep the animals who sleep at night and to wake up the animals that should be awake, from one dog to ten moths.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
In the moon-as-comforter category, When the Moon Smiled...is a keeper...Both a counting book and a lullaby, this book is at once funny, soothing and beautiful to look at; Horacek's watercolor-and-crayon illustrations are extraordinarily vivid.—Elizabeth Ward
Publishers Weekly
A crescent window in the cover is just the first of many die-cuts that yield deeper glimpses into the night sky in When the Moon Smiled: A Bedtime Counting Book by Petr Hor cek. One night the moon observes some problems on a farm below: "The animals who were supposed to sleep at night were still awake. The animals who were supposed to wake up at night were still asleep." Readers can count up to 10 as the moon lights a die-cut star for each animal group, which alternate between daytime and nocturnal creatures. ( Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The moon is dismayed when the animals at one farm don't know when to sleep and when to wake up. The animals that are supposed to be awake at night are sleeping, and the animals that are supposed to be sleeping at night are wide awake. The moon solves the problem by putting stars in the sky. Each star that he hangs in the sky signals a different animal that it is either time to go to bed or time to wake up. This is a counting book that goes up to ten starting with one dog and ending with ten moths. The daytime and nighttime animals are alternated throughout the book. Young children will not only learn the pattern of the book as the same phrases are repeated over and over again, but they will learn which animals are nocturnal and which animals are awake in the daytime. The front cover of the book has a die cut of the moon with a transparent plastic that reveals the yellow moon on the endpapers. The illustrations drawn in crayon then painted over with watercolor give it a whimsical, child-like flavor. This book would be a great bedtime story for toddlers winding down for the night. 2004, Candlewick Press, Ages 2 to 5.
—Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Kirkus Reviews
Despite the lack of an imbedded electronic chip, this bedtime counting book is solidly School of Eric Carle. As the crescent Moon, first met through an acetate window on the cover, lights one die-cut star after another, similarly increasing numbers of animals, from one dog to ten moths, either doze off or come awake, as appropriate. Using crayon and watercolor on pebbly paper, Horacek poses large, blocky, fuzzy-edged animals against a luminous rural background. Despite a few bobbles-a nighttime sky that turns a strange shade of brown on one spread, and a moon that smiles even when the text claims otherwise-this should provide quick bedtime quietude, as intended. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763622091
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Petr Horacek is a Czech illustrator and painter whose previous novelty books include FLIP'S DAY, FLIP'S SNOWMAN, STRAWBERRIES ARE RED, and WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE? His aim in WHEN THE MOON SMILED was to depict "one of those nights when everything is topsy-turvy, and nothing feels right."
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