Moonman by Ned Barraud
After reading this excellent picture book I thought ‘its a marvelous night for a moondance with the stars up above in the sky”. Why? because this is what Moonman sees as he lies in bed on the moon gazing at the blue planet in the distance.
He catches a passing star, as you do, and crash lands on earth, falling into a tree at the dead of night. He gazes back at his own crescent moon which lights the Earth to stunning effect.
The rising of a ball of fire over the sea burns Moonman and hurts his eyes so he retreats to a dark cave. When the ball of fire has gone he yearns to go back to his moon. As chance would have it another star is going his way so he hitches a ride with an owl to grab the star back home.
Back on the moon he sweeps up the moonbugs and lies back much more contented with his life.
We all need adventure and we all need to return to the place we have left and see it for the first time. This picture book encapsulates all of that.
Illustrations are excellent and mostly in the moonlight with the stars all around. The rising sun is dramatic and happy for Earth but not for moonman. It is good to know your place.
Wide appeal from Juniors to Intermediate school.