Review: Moonday by Adam Rex


Moonday by Adam Rex

This luminous picture book answers the question about what would happen if the moon lowered itself into your backyard.  The boy in the story finds the moon so slow in his yard that he can not just touch it, but climb around on it and into its craters.  The rest of the world though, stayed dark as night.  The children had to go to school in the darkness and everyone was tired.  Back home, they tried to hide the moon under tablecloths and blankets.  But then the tide entered their yard and the dogs gathered to howl at the moon too.  So the family took the moon for a drive and it followed their car until they went to the top of a big hill and it got caught in the tops of the trees.  They asked it to stay there, and there it hung, once more high in the air.

This is a treat of a picture book.  It doesn’t just ask the question about what would happen if the moon dropped into your yard, but it also finds a solution that is satisfying and beautiful.  I loved that the story is bookended by the drive in the car where the moon followed them home and then another drive where they returned it to the sky.  The entire book has a sense of wonder about it, but also a great foundation of practicality and humor. 

Rex’s art glows on the page.  The moon is bright and round, filling every page it appears on with a white, wintry glow.  The other pages show the darkness which makes the moon all that much brighter when it appears.  The moon covered with tablecloths and blankets is not dimmer at all, just lightly patterned. 

Magical and beautiful, this book is dreamlike and special.  Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from library copy.

Review: When Lions Roar by Robie H. Harris

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When Lions Roar by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Chris Raschka

The author of It’s Perfectly Normal joins forces with a Caldecott Medalist to create this picture book.  It is the story of a young boy who is overwhelmed by a visit to the zoo with all of the animal noises.  He also gets scared of a thunder storm, sirens and mommy and daddy shouting.  When it all becomes too frightening, the boy sits down, shuts his eyes and tells the scary to go away.  And it does.  Then he can hear the quiet again and he stands back up and opens his eyes.  He is off to run in the sunshine, look at nature and hear the softer sounds around him.

This is a simple picture book with lines that don’t rhyme but a rhythm that ties them all together into almost verse.  Harris captures the feeling of a child overwhelmed by noise but also by negative things happening.  I appreciate that the child solves the issue on his own by becoming introspective and mindful and not by having a tantrum.  It is a book about centering oneself and calming down even in a loud environment.  The return to being able to hear the softer things and enjoy your surroundings again is particularly effective.

Rashka’s art is his signature style with loose sweeps of paint in bright colors.  His images are swirls of movement that work very well with the subject matter.  From the noises in the air to the quieter moments, the boy’s entire body language changes as he gives in to the overwhelming feelings first and then recovers from them.

A strong book, this is one that will encourage children to center themselves and be in charge of their own reactions to overstimulation.  Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from copy received from Orchard Books.

This Week’s Tweets and Pins

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts this week that I hope you find interesting:


‘Battle Bunny,’ by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett #kidlit

‘Golden Domes’ Picture Book Causes Stir at Scholastic Book Fair | School Library Journal #kidlit #censorship

KidLitCon Celebrates Seventh Year in Texas

The Magic of Children’s Books | Adele Parks #kidlit

Sandra Boynton – New drawing. Just another example of why I’m known for my gritty and unflinching realism.

Three steam-powered children’s books about trains – The Washington Post #kidlit

Why Picture Books Are Important by Bobbi Miller #kidlit


America’s Star Libraries, 2013: Top-Rated Libraries #libraries

Public Libraries Make Digital Magazines Accessible to All | Mediashift | PBS #libraries #ebooks

A Traveling Library Of Sketchbooks Sent From Creatives Around The World #art #libraries


Do You Repeat Yourself On Social Media?

Mary Shelley’s Handwritten Manuscripts of Frankenstein Now Online for the First Time | Open Culture

Teachers: 5 Reasons Why I Think YOU Should Join Twitter! | Daydream Reader


Book doctor: Further boy’s adventures for a teenage reader | Children’s books #yalit

Let’s go to the movies! – The Horn Book #yalit

Interview: Terry Pratchett, Author Of ‘The Carpet People’ : NPR

Marvel introduces Muslim superhero in ‘Ms. Marvel #1’ | PopWatch

What is the best YA novel of all time? Round one | PopWatch #yalit

GoodReads Nominees for Best Picture Book

Join in voting on the 2013 Opening Round to select the Best Picture Book on GoodReads.  The first round of voting runs through November 9th.  Here are the 15 nominees:

Chu's Day Count the Monkeys The Dark

Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Day the Crayons Quit 15815400

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Litchtenheld

Flora and the Flamingo Journey

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Journey by Aaron Becker

A Little Book of Sloth The Matchbox Diary

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild My Brother's Book On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

My Brother’s Book by Maurice Sendak

On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne

Open This Little Book That Is Not a Good Idea! Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great

Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier

That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea