Books for a Full Moon

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 full moon tonight plans to be a doozy, so we’ll be reading Kevin Henkes’ Kitten’s First Full Moon and Douglas Florian’s delicious poetry collection, Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars.

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)


2 Comments on Books for a Full Moon

  1. Thank you so much for mentioning Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars. Look for my DINOTHESAURUS in March. I think it’s my best book ever “claws down.”douglas florian

  2. Thanks so much for visiting, Douglas. We’ll be counting the days to its release. It’s sure to be stegosauriffic!

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