MOONLIGHT by Jan Ormerod


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Whereas last year's similarly wordless Sunshine has a little girl getting herself and her parents up and started in the morning, this companion piece puts them all to sleep at night. First, while the parents clear up after the evening meal, the little girl makes sailboats from the scraps (a melon shell, an orange peel, a leaf) and takes them off to her bath. There's a rub dry from mother, a bedtime story from father, and then the delaying tactics begin. Father, taking the child back to bed, is the first to fall asleep, and mother, reading to her on the sofa, is next--which makes for a mildly amusing if unoriginal ending. As with Sunshine it's all warm and pleasant, and the sailboat-making stretch makes satisfying sense as an unfolding wordless sequence. Otherwise, with no individualizing words, the familiar doings become merely predictable.

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 1982
ISBN: 1845073916
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard