Adventurous Anna and cautious Crocodile take a trip to the moon and back to Earth.
Anna wants to go to the moon, but Crocodile warns, “It will be almost impossible.” Undeterred, Anna responds, “I like that.…Let’s go!” Crocodile finds a hold-up at every turn. They need “special skills,” like math. Luckily, Anna can count backward from five. They need lots of patience. (“And now?” appears opposite “No” or “Still not” nine times in funny, eye-catching columns.) Anna figures Crocodile’s patience can do for them both. Crocodile makes the sandwiches while Anna builds the rocket, and they blast off. They play a game in the no-gravity zone, and after a short nap, they land on the moon. From the moon, Anna decides that “Poor Earth” misses them, and they head back home. Watercolor illustrations show brown-skinned, puffy-black-haired Anna, green-skinned Crocodile, and their colorful, patchwork confection of a rocket against white space at home and against deep, dark, star-studded skies on their journey. The moon and Earth are rendered in intriguing textural and color combinations. The contrast between Anna’s and Crocodile’s personalities allows audiences of different inclinations a way into the story.
The story is fun—and the artwork shines. (Picture book. 3-7)