BRINGING DOWN THE MOON by Jonathan Emmett

BRINGING DOWN THE MOON

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 2 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

There is no denying the sleep-inducing qualities of Emmett’s (Ten Little Monsters, not reviewed) bedtime tale, so tender and delicate it could be the Platonic ideal for gentleness, while Cabban’s (Down in the Woods at Sleepy Time, 2000, etc.) illustrations add the softness of a night warmed by moonlight. The story concerns a young mole, who pokes from his hole one night to be dazzled by a full moon. Thinking he just must have it, he sets about trying to bring it down to him, first by jumping for it, then by poking at it with a stick, then by tossing acorns at it. With each attempt, he wakens a citizen of the forest: a rabbit, a hedgehog, and a squirrel. They agree with Mole that the moon is a sight, but caution that “it’s not as close as it looks.” Undeterred, Mole clambers up a tree, only to tumble down when he stretches too far. Lo, there’s the moon right there on the ground next to him (in a puddle that is, though Mole doesn’t know any more about puddles than he does about the moon). He reaches for it and it shatters and disappears. Mole is heartbroken, until Rabbit, Hedgehog, and Squirrel point up into the sky, where the moon shines on, glorious and gratifying as it ever was. A sweet lesson in not getting what you want, yet getting what you need. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-7636-1577-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2001




MORE BY JONATHAN EMMETT

ChildrenTHE SANTA TRAP by Jonathan Emmett
by Jonathan Emmett
ChildrenSHE’LL BE COMING ’ROUND THE MOUNTAIN by Jonathan Emmett
by Jonathan Emmett
ChildrenTHIS WAY, RUBY! by Jonathan Emmett
by Jonathan Emmett

MORE BY VANESSA CABBAN

ChildrenDEAR SANTA CLAUS by Alan Durant
by Alan Durant
ChildrenNO PLACE LIKE HOME by Jonathan Emmett
by Jonathan Emmett
ChildrenGOOSEBERRY GOOSE by Claire Freedman
by Claire Freedman

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenPETER AND THE MOON by Alice Brière-Haquet
by Alice Brière-Haquet
ChildrenONE STARRY NIGHT by M. Christina Butler
by M. Christina Butler