When I saw Floyd Cooper had a new book out, I couldn’t wait to read it. This one is about a little boy who goes to visit his grandpa, and was sad to leave. But “Granpa” told him the moon would follow him home and always shine for him. Sure enough, Max sees the moon the whole trip, until clouds come out and it goes away. He felt alone and missed Granpa and missed the moon:
Then slowly, very slowly, Max’s bedroom began to fill with a soft yellow glow. The clouds faded away and the moon peeked through!”
Max knew whenever he saw the moon he would think of Granpa, and that soft yellow light would embrace him just like Granpa does.
Evaluation: This is a wonderful story, and the warm illustrations by Floyd Cooper live up to the usual high standards we have come to expect from him. He fills all the space on the pages with sepia pictures highlighted with spots of color, and his faces are so warm and expressive that you want to hug everyone in his stories! This feel-good book will be just right for any kid whose grandparents don’t live nearby.
Published by Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group of The Penguin Group, 2013
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