This richly illustrated board book uses the moon to explore metaphor.
Bisaillon’s art takes center stage as readers follow along looking for the moon in different objects, beginning with the titular statement. Some are fairly obvious (a pail of milk, a shiny hubcap), while others are more obscure (a tooth, a pillow). These metaphors rely heavily on Bisaillon’s artwork to communicate meaning to readers. This works out in the case of “the head of the nail,” its shiny, pocked, gray surface clearly a miniature moon. For others, such as the “apple pie,” it’s harder to find the moon’s likeness in the object depicted. Because the concept of a metaphor is a big one for board-book readers, when it’s difficult to see an object’s resemblance to the moon, the idea may be lost. Bisaillon’s illustrations—in cut paper, pastels, watercolors, pencils, and digital collage—are truly stunning. In addition to the show-stopping opening and closing wintry forest scenes, a real standout shows a bird’s-eye view of the moon’s glow cast through a window across the child’s bedroom. Humans are not represented with gender stereotypes (heads and facial features are largely excluded), but all visible skin reads as white. Overall, a largely successful effort to convey metaphors to young readers. Even though they don’t all quite work out, the beautiful illustrations mostly make up for it.
Read this one for the lovely lunar illustrations. (Board book. 1-3)