Kitten’s First Full Moon
by Kevin Henkes
Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars
by Douglas Florian
Fly me to the moon
Let me imagine all I can
Watch me transform anything
From a pillow to a trash can
In other words
Let me play
Come dance with me
Across the Milky Way
Note: Nick and I paid a visit to the moon last night – courtesy a Dell computer box – bypassing the orbiting spacecraft of soon-to-be arguing nations. It was chilly when we landed. But we did a lot of exploring, picked up some rocks, said hi to a few moon inhabitants – who looked suspiciously similar to Elmo and our dog, Katchoo – before heading back home in time for dinner.
The former, with its large, expressive black-and-white illustrations, is perfect for his age. The latter is a bit of a stretch, though Florian’s collage technique – it looks like The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by way of Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence – definitely holds his attention.
Bonus: Looking for a cheap way to entertain kiddos when it’s 7 below – without windchill. Get a box.
Double Bonus: “All instruction is but a finger pointing to the moon; and those whose gaze is fixed upon the pointer will never see beyond.”
– Eastern proverb, The Finger Pointing At The Moon (Thank you, Neil)