Books by Nicola Moon

TICK-TOCK, DRIP-DROP! by Nicola Moon
Released: April 1, 2004

Rabbit and Mole are roommates who share a cozy underground home in this delightful bedtime story with a cacophony of cumulative sound effects. Rabbit keeps hearing noises (a ticking clock, a dripping faucet, a purring cat, and a banging gate) that prevent him from falling asleep, but Mole patiently gets up from his own bed and solves each problem in turn, until he can't fall asleep himself due to Rabbit's snoring. Each obstacle has its own special sound effect, repeated in turn by both characters until Mole falls asleep with the purring cat in front of the cozy fireplace. Taylor's loose watercolor illustrations show lots of clever details in the well-appointed home, and she creates engaging personalities for the two animal characters. Polished prose, rhythmic and repeated sound effects, and amusing and appealing illustrations add up to satisfying whole that will be enjoyed as a bedtime story for preschoolers and as a read-aloud in story hours with bedtime or noise themes. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2003

Time is a difficult concept for children, one that doesn't get any easier with the reading of this tale. Young Mouse cannot wait to learn how to tell time. As he encounters different forest animals, he asks them, "How do you tell the time?" Hedgehog judges light and dark to determine if it's day or night. This answer doesn't satisfy Mouse. Squirrel looks at the lengths of the shadows, and which way they are pointing. Mouse doesn't know east from west, and gives up this method when the sun goes behind a cloud. The Rabbit twins blow dandelions and end up telling Mouse it is two different times of day. And Grandma Mole has an hourglass that tells her when it is one hour later than it was before. Still confused and now hungry, Mouse returns home, where Mother tells him that time is not as hard as he thinks. If he is hungry it must be suppertime, sleepy, it must be bedtime. But she does promise to teach him to use a clock the following day. A foldout page at the end pictures Mouse and a clock as he goes through his daily routine. The watercolor illustrations are marvelous, capturing the greens and browns of nature, and portraying the forest animals realistically. Unfortunately, the story is not one for aspiring clock watchers. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Young children are capable of boundless empathy, as this charming story illustrates. Like most children, Katie has a stuffed toy that she takes everywhere with her. Rabbit is "her most favorite thing in the world." Katie knows that her Grandpa's favorite thing is his dog, Billy. They do everything together. But one Saturday when Katie visits, Billy doesn't greet her at the door—he is sick and needs an operation. After a trip to the vet, Katie and Grandpa return to a house that is very empty without the loyal little dog. When it's time to go home, Katie gives Rabbit a big hug and then selflessly hands him to Grandpa so he won't be so lonely without Billy. While Katie has a tough weekend with several Rabbit substitutes, Grandpa's wait for his best friend is eased by snuggling Rabbit. Thompson's (Around the Day: Rhyme Time, not reviewed, etc.) touching watercolors set just the right tone for this tale of generosity and love, with warm colors and wonderfully expressive faces filling the pages. Moon (Penguins in the Fridge, 1996, etc.) has crafted a beautiful story celebrating all the love a young girl has to give. (Picture book.4 -8)Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1996

Joe wants a pet but his mother doesn't. In her opinion, pets are too expensive, too big, too smelly, too noisy—too everything. So Joe makes a pet, a penguin named Pingwing, who is constructed of paper, paint, and a cardboard tube, who takes up residence in the refrigerator: Penguins like it cold. Mum loves Pingwing but begins to have her doubts when Joe subsequently creates Pingwing's parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and keeps them all in the fridge. When Mum has nowhere to put her shopping, Joe's father steps in with a surprise—goldfish. Young would-be pet owners will sympathize with Joe's wishes and love his funny solution. The growth of the penguin family strains credibility slightly, but Day's lighthearted illustrations capture the chaos comically, especially Joe's creative frenzy, his quizzical mother, and all those birds. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >
LUCY'S PICTURE by Nicola Moon
Released: March 1, 1995

Lucy's grandfather is coming to visit and she wants to make him a picture. No painted picture could ever be good enough; she wants to show him how special he is by creating a one-of-a-kind collage from her kindergarten scrapbox, foregoing recess to gather materials. A curvy mound of hills, a lake surrounded by clumps of flowered material, and a dog made furry by Lucy's own hair complete this tactile expression of love, which her blind grandfather ``sees'' with his fingers. Lucy's easy acceptance of her grandfather's special needs and her enthusiastic labors will warm the hearts of all; Ayliffe uses bold forms, cut-outs, strong lines and crayon-bright colors to convey the ebullient scenes and the small girl's zeal. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >