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In the Light of the Moon and Other Bedtime Stories
     

In the Light of the Moon and Other Bedtime Stories

by Sam McBratney, Kady MacDonald Denton (Illustrator)
 
With the distinctive voice so familiar to fans of the bestselling Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney's narrative style brings out the storyteller in everyone. These eight specially commissioned stories are made for reading aloud, at bedtime or anytime. Meet a cheerful cast of characters, including Bunty the daydreaming Tooth Fairy; Big Bog Frog, the swamp bully

Overview

With the distinctive voice so familiar to fans of the bestselling Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney's narrative style brings out the storyteller in everyone. These eight specially commissioned stories are made for reading aloud, at bedtime or anytime. Meet a cheerful cast of characters, including Bunty the daydreaming Tooth Fairy; Big Bog Frog, the swamp bully; and three little mice on a moonlit adventure. Warm, witty illustrations from award-winning artist Kady MacDonald Denton beautifully reflect the rich variety of themes and the timeless charm of the storytelling. Each page dances with luminous color. This delightful collection is the perfect choice for parents and grandparents of any young child to snuggle up with and share, again and again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
McBratney's (Guess How Much I Love You) eight bedtime tales mix familiar and unfamiliar stories with a generous helping of Denton's (A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes) lighthearted vignette and full-spread illustrations. "Brother Bear" tells the traditional Jewish folktale about two brothers who covertly look after one another (two recent versions are Frances Harber's The Brothers' Promise and Neal Waldman's The Two Brothers). Several original tales prove that the author knows the power of a good opener: "There are parts of the world where the days are warm and the nights are never cold," begins "Big Bog Frog and Little Umbel," a story of a frog bully who get his comeuppance from an elephant. Unfortunately, in several of the stories, McBratney's promising momentum soon falters; while often funny, a few of these tales do not develop a compelling narrative arc. But all of the tales will be new for the target audience, and Denton's ebullient spot watercolors lend a sense of character and shape to each. She suffuses her pictures with light and airiness, and peppers them with a hearty dose of vaudevillian humor. In "The Fox Who Liked Eggs" (featuring a new plot for Henny Penny, Goosey Loosey et al), for instance, the story calls for the title villain to dress up as the Wise Old Bird in order to trick the birds out of their eggs; Denton decks him out in an extravagant and outlandishly comical feathered ensemble. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Grab your blanket and get all cuddled up with your little one for eight original heartwarming bedtime stories. Discover how a "magical" sack of food shows brotherly love, or how a pig named Bentley can cause such a hullabaloo for his master. Big Bog Frog meets his match when Little Umbel comes to his pond and Spedwell Bunting, a tooth fairy, lives out his favorite dream. Each adventure is brought to life with beautiful illustrations that add to the warmth and wit of each story. If you are a fan of Guess How Much I Love You then this award-winning author will not disappoint you with this collection. 2001, Kingfisher, $18.95. Ages 1 to 6. Reviewer: Sharon Tolle
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A collection of leisurely told tales that will soothe nighttime listeners. All of the eight selections are original but a few have a faint whiff of folktale about them. Included are stories of a lazy tooth fairy who finally overcomes his daydreaming to earn his first tooth and a new wife; two generous bear brothers who, under cover of darkness, keep giving each other the same bag of food; and a competitive and rambunctious pig that saves his master from the advances of a society lady and her precious little dog. While McBratney's quiet stories are competently told, they're not memorable enough to become family favorites. Denton's charming watercolor-and-ink illustrations give the text a boost with their humor, child appeal, and variety.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753452240
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
09/15/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 11.66(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Sam McBratney is the author of the acclaimed picture book Guess How Much I Love You. Sam's distinctive storytelling voice builds on his rich storytelling tradition as a teacher, parent, and grandparent. He lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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