Holiday House/Neal Porter. Aug. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823450848.
PreS-Gr 1–“Something is on the move” are the opening words of this story, which begins with a bit of mystery. At first it seems that the something might be a deer or a waterfall, but readers soon recognize that moonlight is not only the title but also the subject of the book. The light appears on mountaintops and valleys and wends its way through town and eventually into a child’s bedroom. Muted blues and greens along with black and white are the sole colors used consistently and create a quiet mood. Simple, elegant language accentuates the peaceful tone in this poetic musing on a regular but fascinating nighttime event. There’s not much overt action here, but for a soothing bedtime meditation, this story fits the bill.
VERDICT Ideal for collections seeking quiet stories stronger in lyrical language and evocative artwork than plot. The book is also inspiration for discussions on what nearly invisible influences move through the world, day or night.

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