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The Boy and the Moon by James Christopher Carroll
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Nov 19, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: bedtime, moon, preschool
Read in December, 2010

This rather unassuming, gentle story took me by surprise.

It was midnight. An awake little boy ventures outdoors with an assortment of animals such as a rabbit, dog, and chicken. "They howled at the moon, they howled at life, and they howled with all things in the night." And they danced and danced until the moon got stuck in a tree. The boy and his companions decide to save the moon, in what ends up to be a most unusual way.

The story is offbeat - perhaps a little odd, some may not "get it" - but this lyrical tale is absolutely perfect for the whimsy of night.

Gorgeous paintings reminiscent of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" perfectly compliment this charming bedtime tale and capture the magic of the midnight hour. This is Carroll's first picture book and if he continues to create gems such as this, I'm sure we'll be seeing his name on more in the future.

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