OVER THE MOON by James Proimos


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Age Range: 3 - 7
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A girl raised by wolves sets out on her own.

When two wolves find a baby floating down a river in a basket, they decide to bring her home and raise her—even though, at first, one of the two wolves was hoping they would make her into a meal. The three become a loving, albeit unlikely, family, and their days are filled with happiness. Things change when the girl sees a group of children reading. When she talks to her wolf parents about it, they tearfully tell her to follow her dreams even if it means leaving them. And so the girl does: Every day, she attends school with other human children, where she learns to read. In the evenings, she comes back to her wolf family and teaches them everything that she has learned. Although their routines may have changed, the unlikely family’s happiness has stayed the same. The illustrations combine clear, bold outlines with fuzzy, soft swaths of color, a winsome combination. In addition to being beautiful, the pictures are often hilarious: One spread shows the girl and one of the wolves lifting their legs next to trees in the forest, a goofy image sure to make children and adults laugh. The text is stark and lyrical, and Proimos is particularly adept at using poetic devices like repetition to make the words sing. The girl has pale skin and a mop of black curls; most of her new schoolmates present white.

A weird and wonderful tale. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: March 10th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-4521-7715-1
Page count: 44pp
Publisher: Chronicle
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2019


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