Moonlight by Helen V. Griffith, illustrated by Laura Dronzek
Rabbit waits for the moon to appear out of the cloudy skies, but leaves a bit too soon to see the moon emerge. The moon shines its buttery light into space and onto the earth. It covers the mountains, the trees, enters the water, and even enters Rabbit’s burrow, making his dreams fill with the light. He wakes up, leaves his burrow and dances in the field with the butter of the moon on his head.
This picture book is a poetic look at moonlight as butter, continuing the metaphor throughout the book. While some may quibble about moonlight being as yellow and thick as butter, there are nights where the light is so yellow that it almost has a weight. Those full moon nights are buttery and rich, filled with that light that is so very different than sunlight. Griffith embraces the metaphor entirely, enriching moonlight with her buttery idea.
Dronzek’s illustrations really make the metaphor work in the book. Readers can see the butter of the light as it coats the entire forest. They can see it coat Rabbit and his dreams, along with the flowers, grass and the entire world. She has chosen her yellow with care, selecting a color that skims between butter and moonlight.
A bedtime book that embraces butter, this book could be used to teach about metaphor or could be used with even very small children as a solid bedtime read. Expect hunger for buttery pancakes in the morning! Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from library copy.