Aspiring children’s writer and blogger Tara Lazar has started a new meme entitled ‘Write a Review Wednesday‘ as a way to show support to Children’s Authors. When I read her tweet I thought it was a great idea, surprised no one else had thought of it. I love reading and writing children’s literature but I’ve never written a book review before. I wanted to pick something from our collection that my children love but isn’t perhaps well known. So here it goes.
Most children are familiar with the Man on the Moon. There are songs, nursery rhymes and even books focusing on him. In most cases the Man refers to the actual moon itself. Then there’s Simon Bertram’s book The Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob), published by Candlewick Press. Here, the Man on the Moon is an actual person, Bob, whose job it is to take care of the moon.
‘He’s on his way to work…on the Moon!’
Bob gets up and goes to work, just like everyone else, except he has to commute to work on a rocket ship. On the moon he’s responsible for keeping it tidy and educating and entertaining visiting tourists. But with all the time he spends on the moon Bob doesn’t seem to notice the inhabiting aliens. In fact he denies their existence.
My kids love this underlying story about the non-existent aliens. While the words share the details of Bob’s uneventful daily work routine, the pictures show a more fun and vibrant environment, including the aliens that he doesn’t see. The kids love finding the aliens hiding in obvious places while Bob completes his Moon work. Bob eats lunch, an alien hand reaches in to grab a cupcake. Bob checks Moon craters for fallen tourists, aliens sit just out of the flashlights view.
I love that the illustrations bleed off the page. Their size and perspective give the reader a sense of being involved in the story instead of just reading it. Perhaps that’s because of Simon’s illustrators background.
My kids know this story off by heart; they know where the aliens are hiding on the pages, but they still love reading it over and over again. If you’d like to share this with your kids, you can buy it on Amazon.ca
Do you have a book you enjoy reading and your kids enjoy hearing? Let me know, I’m always interested in new books.