Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Jaime Kim
In this informational picture book, a sleepy little girl says to the moon, "I wish I could do exactly nothing, just like you." But the moon answers back, explaining to the little girl--and the reader--that what looks like nothing is actually quite something! With simple phrases and imagery that young ones will be sure to understand, IF YOU WERE THE MOON explains the mystery of the moon and the role it plays in its place in the sky. Factual blurbs throughout the book explain the science behind each wonder described on the page, and a short glossary at the back defines several possibly unfamiliar terms.
The accompanying illustrations make the meaning on each spread clear. They are dark like the night sky, with a quiet, restful feel that makes this book a good choice for bedtime. I especially like the spread about nocturnal animals because of the warm colors and stark contrasts, which make for a stunning visual.
A perfect introduction to the moon for the youngest readers.
I received a "fold & gather" of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book will be published in March, 2017. You can find more information about IF YOU WERE THE MOON here.