The Children’s Book Review | July 1, 2018
Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book
Written and Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
Age Range: 3-7
Hardback: 32 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
What to expect: Non-Fiction, Moon, Animals, Bedtime
It’s uncommon for non-fiction books to have such lyrical prose and elegant illustrations, but MOON, A PEEK-THROUGH BOOK has managed to pull it all off.
With richly saturated images of animals and exotic locations around the world, Britta Teckentrup draws little readers in to this graceful and rhythmic book. Add in the smartly designed cutouts of the moon rolling through its phases, and this book is an interactive delight. The designs are reminiscent of Jon Klassen’s work – simple, but poignant. Teckentrup layers her imagery to great success, making it worthwhile to stop and study each illustration. My daughter especially enjoyed all the variety of locations and animals. From sweet little puffins up North, to exotic birds and colorfully-eyed frogs in the evening mists of the jungle, every child will find their favorite animal on one of the pages.
The gentle rhyming adds to the perfect bedtime routine, finishing with imagining the moon shining down on all of us. And what an exciting message of peace – that we, along with our animal friends, are all looking up at the same mysterious moon up in the night sky. The phases of the moon are particularly clever, and pair nicely with lessons about the moon and astronomy.
This is a fantastic selection for the child who loves the night sky, or perhaps a class learning about the moon.
About the Author-Illustrator
BRITTA TECKENTRUP has written and illustrated over seventy children’s books, which have been published in over twenty countries. Her books include Tree, Bee, Moon, and The Twelve Days of Christmas in the Peek-Through Picture Book series, as well as Under the Same Sky, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. Born in Hamburg, Germany, and educated in London at St. Martin’s College and the Royal College of Art, she currently lives with her family in Berlin. See her work online at brittateckentrup.com and follow her on Instagram at @britta_teckentrup.
Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book, written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Animals, Bedtime Stories, Books About The Moon, Britta Teckentrup, Forest Animals, Nature, and Non-Fiction.
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