From the bestselling author of School's First Day of School and other beloved picture books comes a fantastical, dreamlike, gorgeously-illustrated tale perfect for bedtime.
What do you do when the moon lowers itself into your backyard? When mornings are replaced by perpetual night, and people sigh-sleep in their eyes? What do you do when the tide comes in, and all the neighborhood dogs won't stop howling? You take the moon for a ride.
"Enchanting language and jaw-dropping premise place readers under a somnolent spell. Gentle rhymes, recurring consonance and almost subliminal rhythms make murky, dreamy paintings vivid and the surreal story sleepily spectacular.... This mashup of the ordinary and the far-out, of a little neighborhood and a giant, glowing orb from outer space, thrills." —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Adam Rex is the multi-talented author of books for children, middle readers and young adults, as well as an accomplished illustrator. He has written such beloved picture books as School’s First Day of School (illustrated by Christian Robinson), has created both pictures and words for favorites like Are You Scared, Darth Vader?, Nothing Rhymes with Orange, andFrankenstein Makes a Sandwich; and he has illustrated books by bestselling authors like The Legend of Rock Scissors Paper by Drew Daywalt, Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem by Mac Barnett, and Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman. The True Meaning of Smekday was his first novel, followed by Smek for President! and other books for middle and teen readers. He grew up in Phoenix, got a BFA from the University of Arizona, and now lives in Tucson.
"Enchanting language and a jaw-dropping premise place readers under a somnolent spell. Gentle rhymes, recurring consonance and almost subliminal rhythms make murky, dreamy paintings vivid and the surreal story sleepily spectacular. Who wouldn't close their eyes and rock to these soothing lines, as startlingly brilliant as moonlight?.... Children familiar with soporific car trips will appreciate these commonplace scenes that frame such a fantastical story. Straightforward illustrations and traditional sepia, aerial renderings of the town make this fantastical lunar story all the more wondrous. This mashup of the ordinary and the far-out, of a little neighborhood and a giant, glowing orb from outer space, thrills."—Kirkus Reviews
"The spare poetic text, combined with illustrations in dark and vibrant jewel tones, makes each page turn carry a contemplative weight.... The story inhabits that magical territory that exists for young children who haven't yet figured the world out. Anything truly is possible. Children will love this tribute to their imaginings. and adults will appreciate the reminder that until you are taught otherwise, the Moon really can follow you all the way home."—School Library Journal
"This fantasy interlude is perfect for a bedtime story, with mood more important than logic, and the narration is appropriately ethereal and evocative.... Interior scenes are rich with warm colors, which are particularly cozy when they're juxtaposed against the ink-black background with white text, while outdoor scenes center the bright moon, using contrast and temporality to heighten the book's mysticism.... Kids will enjoy falling asleep to this imaginative fantasy."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The image of the luminous moon, which feels close enough to touch and small enough for a child to explore, is well worth seeing. A drowsy, rather surreal bedtime story."—Booklist
"Lonely images of a nighttime car trip evoke Edward Hopper paintings as the girl and her family lead the moon back into the sky. It's a suggestive account of the movements of the dreaming mind, and a gentle departure from Rex's more madcap work."—Publishers Weekly