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Sidney, Stella, and the Moon
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Sidney, Stella, and the Moon

by Emma Yarlett
 
Sidney and Stella do everything together . . . except share!

Twins Sidney and Stella love doing everything together. Everything except share. When a quarrel over a bouncy ball spells cosmic disaster, the twins must face their biggest-ever challenge: working together to find a new moon!

Overview

Sidney and Stella do everything together . . . except share!

Twins Sidney and Stella love doing everything together. Everything except share. When a quarrel over a bouncy ball spells cosmic disaster, the twins must face their biggest-ever challenge: working together to find a new moon!

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Sarah Harrison Smith
Yarlett's amusing story of a brother and sister whose inability to share causes a problem of astronomical proportions is full of playful design elements that make reading it a visual pleasure.
From the Publisher
Amusing. ... Full of playful design elements that make reading it a visual pleasure.
—The New York Times Book Review

Comically catastrophic... Beautifully illustrated.
—Parents Magazine

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway
No matter whether the moon was unexpectedly lost or stolen outright, rambunctious twins Sidney and Stella are forced into a partnership to save face. Their new realization began after a rather typical day of sibling rivalry and ongoing wrangling. Crazy daily routines for these younger kids mix with a tangle of wits and so-called fun times as Stella and Sidney wrestle through normal family life. Striking digital illustrations throughout the book feature their boisterous, growing relationship during a range of emotions through whimsical facial expressions, placement and size of the twins, fluid movement of both the story and elements, and varying text that ebbs and flows across every page. Suddenly the moon was sucked out of the sky and broke into pieces because they had a fierce tussle while playing ball indoors. Sidney and Stella were fearful that they would be in deep trouble. What to do? How can they reverse the quick tide of startling news that the moon had been stolen by aliens and that the police were gathering evidence of possible criminal activity? Remarkably, the enterprising twins come up with a successful plan that they successfully execute. Bingo! Here is a charming tale about sharing with one another whether siblings or not. Basic, lively text reinforces a timely lesson while a bold foldout spread breaks the astonishing news about the moon’s vanishing act. Thus, Stella and Sidney are spurred into fast action to get the job done through cooperation. Phew! Reviewer: Susan Treadway; Ages 5 to 8.
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
PreS-Gr 1—Twins Sidney and Stella do everything together, but like many siblings they have trouble sharing. They fight over everything-a carousel horse, a teddy bear, a trumpet. When they argue over their ball, it bounces out of the window and knocks down the Moon, smashing it into pieces. They hope that no one notices its disappearance, but in vain. Next morning, the town is abuzz with the outrageous news, depicted in a double-page foldout. The siblings search high and low for a replacement until Sidney stumbles on a glowing wheel of cheese. After a brief struggle with Stella's jump rope, the children reconcile their sharing problem and successfully launch the new "Moon" into the sky. Yarlett's cartoonish digital collages, speech balloons, and font size and style variations offer a plethora of hilarious details that enrich this imaginative story. Fans of Oliver Jeffers and Mini Grey should enjoy this short but comical romp, and all readers will benefit from a story about sharing that isn't heavy-handed or overly moralizing.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A slim, didactic text is somewhat redeemed by lively, inventive illustrations. Stella and Sidney are twins and playmates whose momentary tussle over a bouncy ball leads to a surprising dead-on blow to the full moon in the sky and the children's search for a replacement for the moon. Each spread is filled with Yarlett's intriguing digital art, with small details, hints of collage, some hand-lettering throughout and plenty of kinetic perspectives. A double gatefold (Sidney and Stella's front door) opens to a crowded street scene where the suddenly absent moon is big news, with missing posters, vendors with moon balloons and bewildered astronauts among the multitudes. Weaknesses in the textual narrative seem like the result of trying to do too many things. The hand-lettered caption "[f]eeding the quacks*" in the opening double-page illustration of the pair throwing bread into a pond is accompanied by the explanatory "*ducks" just below--but as the protagonists turn out to be older than toddlers and the silliness isn't repeated, the humor seems flat. Readers are quizzed rhetorically about "one thing that Stella and Sidney did not do together." "I wonder what that could be?" leads to telling, barely showing, that the twins "did not SHARE." Yawn. Skip the text and stick with the illustrations--the result is more entertaining. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763666231
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/22/2013
Pages:
44
Sales rank:
826,989
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Emma Yarlett graduated with honors in illustration from University College Falmouth in 2011. Her other work includes a nonfiction book by Julia Donaldson and animation for the Waterstones Children’s Book Award.

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