Little Moar and the Moon by Roselynn Akulukjuk, illustrated Jazmine Gubbe

Little Moar and the Moon by Roselynn Akulukjuk, illustrated Jazmine Gubbe. Inhabit Media, 2021. 9781772272994

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Format: Hardcover

Genre:  Realistic fiction/picture book

What did you like about the book? During the fall, Moar and his friends savor playing outside when they can, because the days are so short in Nunavut. But whenever he looks at the moon, what he thinks is its half smile scares him. He plays baseball for a bit, joins in on a game of tag and helps feed his cousin’s sled dogs. But he runs home as fast as he can so that he doesn’t see the moon’s face. Finally he shares his fear with his mother. She comforts Moar, and assures him that the moon doesn’t have a face. Moar decides that that scary half smile is probably a shadow, but he’s still glad he beat the moon home.

This book does a great job of establishing the setting of the Arctic Circle. Little Moar does look so scared, but readers will most likely know that it’s his imagination. The art is lovely – Moar and his friends are adorable children of the Arctic, portrayed in a style akin to animation, with large dark eyes. The deep colors of the sky, with swirling colors of the aurora, are gorgeous.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The language is a bit clunky. The moon is scary looking, and some kids may not get that it’s Moar’s imagination.

To whom would you recommend this book? This is a nice addition to fall-themed story times, for ages 5-8. Especially recommended for libraries looking to include more books with indigenous settings.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? It is worth a look.

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

Date of review: October 20, 2021

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