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When the Moon disrupts a town by lowering itself into someone's backyard, a child finds a way to return the Moon to its proper place in the sky.
Publisher: New York : Disney Hyperion, [2013]
Edition: 1st ed.
Copyright Date: ♭2013
ISBN: 9781423119203
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Moon day
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 162422.


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When the moon lands in a girl's backyard, everything changes! This book has also been made into a movie that you can borrow from the Library or stream online.

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LiztheLibrarian Jan 31, 2018

This book is a bit strange, but beautiful and great for bedtime.

ChristchurchLib Aug 24, 2015

After a sleepy, moonlit car trip, a girl awakens to find that the moon has followed her home. Huge and radiant, it hovers in her backyard, preventing the sun from rising and spreading drowsiness all over town. When the tide starts to trickle in, the girl and her family come up with a plan to gently tempt the moon back to its place in the sky. With its dreamlike tone and lovely, luminous artwork, Moonday is sure to keep kids entranced. For a similar story with a more realistic feel, try Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper.

Picture books newsletter August 2015

CRRL_CraigG Jul 16, 2015

As a bedtime book, Moonday is something special. It begs to be read in hushed whispers and dulcet tones. The book is surreal, gentle, and offers the potential to inspire many other dreamers.

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BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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Hush now - the moon has come down to Earth, the sun is nowhere to be seen ...and now the tide is rising in the backyard. How to coax the moon back into the sky? A tale for dozy times with glimmering nighttime scenes.

forbesrachel Oct 13, 2013

What is supposed to be an imaginative and beautiful take on a child's day with the moon, comes off as confusing, by trying to do too much in its short space. When the moon comes down from the sky it causes mayhem to the world's sleep cycle, tides, and dogs. The author mentions how important the moon is, but barely gets across how much it would be affected, in fact it makes light of what would happen. Certainly, the moon is depicted with great beauty, but even that is given little attention.

As a child's tale, disbelief could be suspended as to why the moon is there, but the presence of the child's parents, who question neither its appearance, nor panic at what would certainly mean the end of the world, only emphasizes its illogical aspects.

If the story focused on one or two points, this could have been a triumph, but the story of the child has no clear point, the information on the moon is too briefly addressed, and the moon itself is not given enough time to truly shine.


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