So tell me, has the moon ever followed you home? You felt it glowing through the back window of your car. Then you turned and saw it hanging low in the sky, suspended by things unseen. And no matter how fast you drove, you couldn’t shake it. It threw your shadow across your path as you walked into your house. You almost expected it to knock on the door. This is Adam Rex’s world, and now it’s yours.
“We whispered words like big and beautiful. Through the back seat window I followed its flight, past the dark, sleeping park and the bright empty streets. Then I drifted to sleep and was lifted to bed.”
In the morning, it turns out that the moon has taken up residence in the back yard.
When the child decides to “have a look around” on the moon, Mom tells her “Okay. Zip up your coat.”
Things get even crazier. Kids at school sleep at their desks. A teacher tries to teach a lesson, but when “1+1=Moon” the teacher decides she’s too sleepy to teach and dismisses class.
As the child walks home from school, people drive and walk in their sleep. A punk rock band croons a lullaby. And then the park, the glorious glow-in-the-dark park:
Where yawns pass from person to person.
Back at home, Dad tries to hide the moon under blankets and tablecloths. The tide trickles into the back yard, and then the baying dogs arrive. Clearly, this moon has got to go. But where? And how?
Love the radiant illustrations. Love the magical realism. Love how the absurd can be addressed with such deadpan humor. I can’t believe I missed this book when it first came out in 2013.
It’s the perfect bedtime story, yawns and all. Find a copy and share the magic with someone who needs a nap. But don’t be surprised if they want to read it over and over again.
Even the copyright page shows attention to lunar detail.
Author/Illustrator: Adam Rex
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion – 2013
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