Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? When a farmer sets a scarecrow in a field, two different sets of animal friends interact with each other through it. In the daytime, a cat, a rabbit and a squirrel watch the farmer put up the “crow scarer” as they call it. At night an owl, fox and hedgehog see the scarecrow in the moonlight and think it is a man from the moon. They believe the Moon Man must be hungry and gather vegetables at his feet. In the morning Cat, Rabbit and Squirrel think the scarecrow has given them a gift of food. They in turn decorate the scarecrow with flowers. Owl, Fox and Hedgehog believe the Moon Man wants to take the flowers back to the moon so they build him a rocket ship. The puzzled farmer ends up moving the scarecrow, now adorned with flowers and feathers, to a different field as Cat, Rabbit and Squirrel wave good-bye. But Fox, Owl and Hedgehog are happy knowing that the Moon Man has flown back home in their rocket. The illustrations are full of expression and fun, changing from bright colors in the daytime, to the muted purples of evening.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? The use of the two sets of animals makes it a nice way to introduce the idea of nocturnal animals to young children.
Who should buy this book? Public Libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 3/8/18