Synopses & Reviews
It is night. Inside a house, a child is getting ready for bed. A hall light is switched on, toys and animals are settled in their places. Papa reads a story, Mama comes in to say good night, dreams wait to enter sleep...And if the moon could talk, it would tell of the many different nighttime activities that it sees from its vantage point, outside the house and high, high above.
In this tranquil, evocative picture book, text and pictures illuminate interior and exterior nighttime scenes, showing us what the moon might see-and say, if it could talk. And If the Moon Could Talk is the winner of the 1998 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books.
"The events [in a child's bedroom] are quiet ones--the ticking of a clock, the reading of a book . . . Alternating with the interior landscapes is the moon's-eye-view across the globe of other slumber scenes . . . nomads and camels crouched among desert dunes, a lion likcing her cubs in a faraway den. A dreaming child blends the two worlds in a caravan of color." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews
"A classic picture book of the highest caliber." --Starred, The Horn Book
"With quiet phrases and luxurious color, Banks and Hallensleben evoke a perfectly peaceful bedtime . . . As night gently envelops the landscapes, the words and art convey the snug warmth of a featherbed and a world as small as a neighborhood." --Starred, Publisher's Weekly
"The deeply saturated tones of the lovely, impressionistic oil paintings perfectly match the somnolent feeling of the text . . . perfect for one-on-one sharing, this book will enhance bedtime story collections." --Starred, School Library Journal
In this soothing bedtime story, text and pictures illuminate interior and exterior nighttime scenes, showing children what the moon might see, and say, if it could talk. Full color.
About the Author
and Georg Hallensleben
are the author and artist of Spider Spider
Kate Banks is also the author of Alphabet Soup, The Bunny Sitters, and Peter and the Talking Shoes. She lives in Monaco with her husband and two young sons.
Georg Hallensleben is a painter who has illustrated a number of other books for children, all published by Gallimard in France. He was born in Germany and now lives in Paris. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout Europe.