City Moon by Rachael Cole (review)
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Cole, Rachael City Moon; illus. by Blanca Gómez. Schwartz & Wade, 2017 [34p]
Library ed. ISBN 978-0-553-49708-3 $20.99
Trade ed. ISBN 978-0-553-49707-6 $17.99
Reviewed from galleys R 2-4 yrs

“After dinner, after tooth-brushing time, we put on pajamas” (fair enough) “then coats and shoes”—wait, what? That’s the start of an alluring nocturnal outing when the bedtime-ready boy and his mom head out into the urban night “to look for the moon.” Tall buildings and scudding clouds add sport to the now-you-see-it nowyou-don’t pursuit, but they manage nonetheless to catch glimpses of the glowing moon and some bonus stars before they turn back home for bed. The text is effectively understated, highly suitable for the quiet (well, comparatively quiet) magic of a nighttime jaunt, and there’s the pleasant feel of ritual to the proceedings that’s key to all good bedtime books. The digital illustrations have a touch of Ezra Jack Keats in their collage-like layers and textures and urban scenery, while the glossy full-bleed scenes with their geometric elements are completely contemporary. Use this as an enjoyable bedtime book, or, even better, let it spark a special kid-shared moon-hunting walk of your own.

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