My Little Half-Moon by Douglas Todd Jennerich, illustrated by Kate Berube

     My Little Half-Moon by Douglas Todd Jennerich, illustrated by Kate Berube. G.P. Putnam, 2017. 9780399169014

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2.5

Genre:  Picture books

What did you like about the book? Gorgeous illustrations in the deep colors of night illuminate the story of a child who tries to coax the moon to fully appear in the night sky. The child wants the moon to be less lonely, so she brings all sorts of favorite things to show it. In rhyming text, the child wonders and watches for “what seemed like a year.” The loveliest page opening shows the sky lit up with a splatter of stars in an iridescent night. Of course, the moon does eventually become full, and so the child is happy, as the moon has “stopped its hiding to come out to play.”

Anything you didn’t like about it? The rhyming text is awkward and serves only to complete rhymes. The story is inconsequential. The illustrations, however, makes the book worth picking up. I look forward to Kate Berube’s next appearance in picture books.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This could be paired with Henkes’s Kitten’s First Full Moon for a pair of stories on the moon.

Who should buy this book? Day cares and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: July 13, 2017

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