The Tear Thief



The Tear Thief
by Carol Ann Duffy, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli.

This ethereal book features a strange, delicate creature called the Tear Thief, who goes to a different place in the world each night to catch tears.  The thief listens for children crying and then sneaks to their sides invisibly to take their tears.  You can only see the Tear Thief in reflections not by looking at it directly.  The most valuable tears are those cried in true sorrow and they are the ones most useful in making the moon shine brighter and brighter, lit by children’s tears.

This book is very fairy-like with dainty pictures that have a misty, magical quality.  The text too shares this feel of magical touches.  Having a book with a non-scary but mysterious character is lovely.  Children will recognize their own tantrums and cries here, and will wonder if the thief has ever visited them. 

Best shared in small groups or at bedtime, this book will add a magical moment wherever it is shared.