Resources: Creative Writing: Have child write about a fear. Have child write about finding new friends. Have child write about what imaginary friend they would like to find on the moon. Science: Moon resources: These are excellent for learning the phases of the moon. Moon Phases Calendar, Shapes of the Moon, Excellent Moon Simulation. This site shows the moon landings: Google Moon. Art: Use the website HERE for instructions for painting on tin foil. Using black tempra paint to resemble illustrations in book, have kids paint the giant snail or other items from the book. Or have them paint what creature they would like to see if they set off on an adventure to the moon.
Why I Like This Book: This is probably the first book I have reviewed where the illustrations captured my attention even more than the text…and they completely captivated me. Fellow 12 x 12er, Carter Higgins, discusses the illustrations HERE on her blog, Design of the Picture Book. You really should head over and see Carter’s site. She shows the back cover of the book, too, which is a treat. Here is a blurb from her description of Willoughby and the Moon. “This book made me do a double take. It’s slightly unassuming, but then, just in the right light, it sparkles. The illustrations are primarily black and white, but rivers of glossy silver pack quite a visual punch. The pages are rich in texture; the silver shines alongside its matte black and white counterparts. Also, in addition to flat color, halftone patterns pepper the shadows for an extra layer of lovely. In design, contrast refers to the differences in two elements. Black versus white is a stark, simple, and highly effective design choice.“
If you choose to read others reviews of the story, a lot of readers seem to think, as I do, that the story is a bit different. From Kirkus: “strangely comforting and beautiful.” I’m not sure if I can even explain how it happened…but I ended up being satisfied that in one imaginative night, a curious Willoughby faced his worst fear by helping a giant snail he befriended on the moon. See, you’re probably saying, “Now what?” You’ll just have to read it and see if you share my feelings about the book.