With just three weeks until the release of Mae and the Moon, we are excited to share another great review from Booklist Online.
Mae is in awe of the night sky and considers the moon her constant companion—particularly for playing games of hide-and-seek. Over time, she observes the moon changing, becoming thinner, until one night it disappears altogether. Although Mae’s mom assures her that “even moons need to rest,” Mae builds a cardboard rocket in order to find her lunar friend. Soon though, the moon reappears and all ends well. Appealing pencil and digital paint illustrations make use of a dark-hued palette of purple, black, indigo, and blue to effectively convey the nighttime setting, against which Mae, her dog, and the moon appear as bright spots. The illustrations are in perfect harmony with the minimal text, carrying the story through several wordless sequences and capturing Mae’s sense of wonder. Gigot’s debut is especially appropriate for a quiet bedtime story, but it would also work well in the classroom as a mini lesson for the phases of the moon, as each moon phase is pictured and identified on the final pastedown. — Randall Enos