The Children’s Book Review | December 4, 2019
Written and Illustrated by Carmen Gloria
Age Range: 4+
Hardcover: 38 pages
Publisher: Uncommon Grammar (November 26, 2019)
What to expect: Space, Solar System, and Empowerment
The latest addition to author Carmen Gloria’s Kid Astronomy series, The Moon Show is an entertaining picture book that introduces the moons from our solar system to young readers ages four and up.
What makes Earth’s moon so bright? Did you know that 170 moons have been discovered, so far, in our solar system? Uranus’ moons are all named after characters in the plays written by William Shakespeare. Planet Earth has just one moon, and it is this moon, our moon, that tours readers through the solar system on The Moon Show. The many and varied moons are a friendly bunch that kids will readily learn from.
Carmen Gloria’s writing is inviting, thanks to her engaging and conversational style. The moons all chat together, while questions are directed at the reader, drawing them deeper into the learning experience. When discussing the 79 moons of Jupiter, one of the moons is described as a wild pizza covered with melted cheese and tomato—now that’s a kid-friendly visualization. An informal quiz at the end tests newfound knowledge. Gloria has also managed to fill the pages with impactful positive message using uplifting lines like this:
“Moon: So, you mean when life throws storms at us, we can still shine?”
“Ganymede: …[S]ometimes the biggest storms are what makes us shine the brightest!”
The Moon Show is a delightfully fun choice for young astronomers, along with any reader ready to shine brightly in the world!
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About the Author
Carmen Gloria was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, now a veteran, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University. She was born in The Bronx, New York and moved to Puerto Rico at the age of ten. She is a member of SCBWI and is a writer, artist, award-winning actress, (experimental) short film writer/director, and even co-wrote two songs in the Billboard Dance and UK Pop charts (Emergency & Overload, as Carmen Perez). After moving to Norway in 2017, she decided to focus on creating art and writing/illustrating children’s books. She started with the Kid Astronomy Series, inspired by her love of space, and her mission to motivate kids to learn and empower them. The first book “Thank You, Mercury” made the Best New Space Books 2019 list by Book Authority.
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