Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Bringing down the moon

Bringing down the moon

Jonathan Emmett
Illustrator:  Vanessa Cabban 
Picture Book  Series
For ages 3 to 5
Candlewick Press, 2009   ISBN: 0763642673

One night mole pops up out of his burrow and he sees the most extraordinary thing floating in the sky above his head. It is “the most beautiful” thing Mole has ever seen. He doesn’t know what big golden shining object is, but Mole decides that he has to have it.

Mole jumps up and down, trying to grab the big glowing ball out of the night sky – to no avail. Rabbit explains that the “shiny thing” is the moon, and that it is “not as close as it looks.” Mole refuses to give up though. He is determined to make the moon his own.

In this delightful story, little children will meet a funny little mole who has a very single-minded approach to life. He is not very good at listening, until the truth finally sinks in – the hard way. With a lovely ending, this is a tale that will definitely charm readers of all ages.