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Come Back, Moon

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  39 reviews
What happens when the moon goes missing? Find out in this poetic picture book from a Newbery Honoree and a two-time Caldecott Medalist.

The moon is full and bright in the sky. So full, and so bright, that Bear can’t sleep! So he steals the moon from the sky and hides it away. But the other animals miss the beautiful, glowing moon…and they set out to get it back in this
ebook, 32 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Beach Lane Books (first published August 1st 2013)
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Nhi Nguyễn
A bear stole the moon because its light made the bear unable to sleep. Other creatures in the forest found a way to take the moon back. That's basically the story. I'm not sure if it has any deeper meaning. But the illustrations are beautiful (loved the colors), so 3 stars.
Kathryn Dykes
Personal Response/ Plot Summary: Bear has selfishly stolen the moon because its glow is disrupting his slumber, leaving all the other woodland creatures in a panic. Sly fox, crow, opossum, raccoon, and skunk seek owl’s wisdom as to the whereabouts of the moon, leading them to bear’s den. The animals must devise a plan in order to safely return moon home. Crow distracts bear by telling him a good night story, sending bear into a deep peaceful sleep. Meanwhile fox quietly retrieves moon hidden ...more
Jennifer Heise
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebook, animals, kids
A good stolen-celestial-object yarn for young readers, though it's just a riff on traditional tales. Liked the charming but consistent-with-nature illustrations of the many forest animals. A soothing bedtime story.
Miss Sarah
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A bear is having trouble sleeping by the light of the moon, so he decides to steal the moon. Can the other animals get the moon back? Toddler and up
Alyssa Tabor
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Very simple story. Might work for storytime.
Jul 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely Nonny Hogrogian's style of book. The story has the unmistakable timbre of folklore to it, with animals conversing and conspiring like human beings, possessed of powers one wouldn't ordinarily expect of people, let alone four-footed creatures. But in a folk story, strict adherence to everyday reality isn't of great importance. It's the feelings that count, and how the characters arrive at a final resolution.

When Bear has trouble drifting off to sleep one night, he blames the
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
The story begins with Bear, who is trying to fall asleep. Sadly, the light of the moon is so bright that he cannot fall asleep and so decides to steal the moon. The only animal that sees this happen is Owl, and the other animals all speculate and wonder where the moon has gone. When they worry about the location of the moon, they start to ask each other whether they know where the moon has went. A small group of animals then decide to ask owl, who of course, knows exactly where the moon is.

Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
In this quiet book, Bear blames the moon for not being able to fall asleep. So he pulls it out of the sky. Fox notices that the moon is gone and so do Skunk, Opossum and Raccoon. Crow asks Fox why he doesn’t know where the moon is, since he’s so clever. So Fox takes them all to talk to Owl who is wise. Owl knows where the moon is, since he saw Bear take it. So they head off to retrieve the moon from Bear. But how will they get it away from him?

This book has a wonderfully clear and simple story
Garrett Harner
Have you ever not been able to sleep? In Come Back, Moon, Bear is having the same issue. To fix the problem, Bear steals the moon right out of the sky!?! All of the other animals are upset and go on a quest to set the moon free back to the sky where it belongs. The animals must use teamwork to find the moon without Bear knowing. Will they be able to bring the moon back to the night sky? Read on to find out what happens!
In the classroom, this book could be used a few ways. This story could be
Sometimes, I think that winning an award is more of a hindrance than a positive thing. When someone has won an award, especially as well-known an award as Caldecott, it raises everyone else's expectations of that person.

That's what happened with this book. The author and illustrator were Honor and 2 time recipients respectively so I had high hopes for this book, which failed to deliver (for me's all subjective).

It's sweet enough and has good kids appeal that I have it 3 stars
When the bright light of the moon keeps Bear from sleeping, he steals it and hides it away in a pillow case. Several animals, including Skunk, Opossum, Raccoon, Crow, Fox, and Owl investigate its disappearance. Once they find the moon, they frolic under its beams while Bear just keeps on sleeping. This story has the look and sound of a classic with its perfectly crafted watercolor and pencil illustrations. The concern of all the animals is obvious from their faces and physical stances, and they ...more
When Bear can't sleep because of the light of the moon, he decides to steal it. The other animals are upset about the missing moon and ask owl for help. Owl tells them where to find the moon. Working together, Crow puts Bear to sleep with a story while Fox finds the moon in Bear's pillowcase. The animals dance under the light of the moon while bear snores on.

A sweet bedtime story with a trickster feel, preschool-aged children will enjoy this story with lots of repetition, gentle illustrations,
Josie B.
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Bear can't sleep because of the brightness of the moon, he steals it and starts a chain of beautifully illustrated events. This would work with 2 -5 year olds. I plan to use it with my 3-5 year olds ( who are mostly 3) to talk about cause and effect, and with their parents to talk about narrative skills. It could be paired with Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes or How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers.
Bethany Harnden
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Simple sentences encourage young children to repeat the questions and follow along with the group of simply yet accurately detailed pencil illustrated woodland animals on their quest to retrieve the stolen moon. The story asks children to believe that a bear could easily snatch the moon from the sky and that it can be tossed back up into place, but these peripheral events, though implausible, are fun to imagine.
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, moon
Bear can't sleep with the light of the moon keeping him awake so he steals it and hides it away. The other animals wonder where the moon has gone and turn to Fox to fix the problem. Fox consults Wise Owl and learns that Bear stole the moon. In a trickster-like twist, Fox outwits Bear and takes back the moon.

Watercolor and pencil illustrations perfectly mirror the soothing nature of this story. I liked the repetition of the text and the facial expressions of the various animals. PreK-2.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Age: Infant, Toddler
Animals: Woodland

Ridiculously straight-forward story about a bear that steals the moon so that he may sleep. The artwork is very beautiful and very calming with a lot of white space.
Bear is having trouble sleeping and is convinced the shining moon is keeping him awake. So he steals the moon and tucks it under his pillow. The other forest animals realize immedietly that the moon is missing and go on the hunt. They don't have to hunt far, though. Owl saw what happened.
Bear can't sleep so he steals the moon to make the night darker. All the other woodland animals miss the moon and want it back so they devise a plan to release the moon back in to the night sky. Cute little story with soft illustrations. Recommend if you or your family like the moon.
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Unable to sleep, Bear steals the moon. The other animals of the forest are determined to return him to the sky.

I enjoyed this story and the illustration of this book. I have seen the age group that this book was written for and I would maybe go a bit later in age, particularly for a self reader.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm giving this book only two stars based on the color palette and format--but I think it would work really, really well as a prop story adaptation. Excellent repetition and a great predictable storyline.
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I like the story and the illustrations. The illustrations are gentle.
Hanna Morgan
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
That bear is a douchebag, stealing the moon.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Bear steals the moon one night when he can't sleep and the other animals find a way to bring the moon back to where it belongs.
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, animal, picture
The moon is gone from the sky; animals wonder and track it down.
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
kind of a ho-hum story, but i love the illustrations
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, picture, kids
seems like a fake folktale. classy pictures, okay story
Beautiful illustrations.
Scottsdale Public Library
A wondrous cooperative search for the missing moon. -Monty K.
Kind of a rushed story with no real direct purpose. Bear steals the moon because he can't sleep and the other animals go back and get it from him after putting him to bed with a story.
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