Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book

illus. by Britta Teckentrup. 32p. Doubleday. Feb. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781524769666.
PreS-Gr 1—The moon provides a unifying theme for a whirlwind tour around the world's habitats, including the desert, the ocean, the jungle, the icy arctic, and many more. With every page turn in this follow-up to the similarly illustrated Tree, readers are taken to a new location lit by a moon that gradually ebbs and then wanes, the result of clever die-cuts on almost every page. The illustrations are clearly this work's heart and soul—indeed, Hegarty, the author of its charming rhymed couplets, receives credit only in a tiny mention in the copyright note. And the illustrations certainly merit close study. Textured brushstrokes and a palette that ranges from basic black to blues and even greens convey the subtle differences of the night sky from place to place, while young readers will delight in finding the many creatures on every page. The final spread brings readers home to safe houses under a large, warm crescent moon, making this a comforting bedtime choice.
VERDICT A lovely addition perfect for bedtime and one-on-one sharing.

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