NEW FALL 2006
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux Fall 2006
2006 Booklist Editor's Choice,
So begins Robert Louis Stevenson's famous tribute to the moon. This night the moon shines not only on the creatures of the night, but also down upon a father and child. The moon watches over them every step of the way-- from when Dad wakes his son to take him outside, to their boat trip around a cove and back home again, where Mom, with the now-sleeping baby, welcomes them home from their journey.
Detailed, luminous watercolor-and-ink illustrations capture the magic
of nightime, and its many nocturnal creatures, as well as the special
love between father and son.
THE MOON IN THE CLASSROOM (coming
moon has a face like the clock in the hall;/She shines on thieves on
the garden wall,/On streets and fields/and harbour quays,…."
poetic images might seem a bit puzzling to young listeners today, but
they make perfect sense juxta-posed with this satisfying visual story
of a nighttime boat ride. The full moon outside a family’s house
parallels the round face of the tall clock as a small boy and his father
prepare for the outing. Outside, raccoons are busy on the garden wall.
Lots of homey detail in the line drawings washed in watercolor sketch
in the busy home life as Mom in her bathrobe and slippers and a sleepy
baby stay at home while the family dog and cat curl up in the back
of the pickup truck to join the outing. The poetic lines unfold with
the trip through the countryside, out on the lake, and eventually back
home and into bed. The loving family, their energetic pets, the homey
clutter, and the lush country-side at night convey a lovely bedtime
story that concludes with the morning sun rising on a new day. Stevenson's
lines fall pleasantly on the ear, and Pearson offers much to see on
this moonlit night. The three stanzas of the poem appear together in
reprise as the final page in a beautifully crafted interpretation that's
sure to be widely enjoyed as family reading.