Synopses & Reviews
Red Knit Cap Girl is a little girl with a big dream -- to meet the Moon.
Red Knit Cap Girl lives with her animal friends in an enchanted forest. There is so much to see and do, but more than anything Red Knit Cap Girl wishes she could talk to the Moon. Join Red Knit Cap Girl and her forest friends on a journey of curiosity, imagination, and joy as they search for a way to meet the Moon.
Gorgeously illustrated on wood grain, Red Knit Cap Girl's curiosity, imagination, and joy will captivate the hearts of readers young and old as her journey offers a gentle reminder to appreciate the beauty of the natural world around us.
"Red Knit Cap Girl's eponymous headwear makes her look like an acorn or a mushroom right at home in her forest surroundings. She longs to talk to the Moon, and Mr. Owl (whose golden, glowing eyes burning in his dark lair give the story its only tense moment) offers sage advice: 'The Moon is too far to reach, but if you want, she will bend down to listen to you.' Red Knit Cap Girl enlists the help of a bear, a squirrel, and a hedgehog to carry out her plan to draw the Moon close. In Stoop's first picture book, she paints on plywood, and the wood grain background gives each spread a gentle, wavelike feel and a luxurious sense of texture; subtly graduated hues provide quiet drama. Stoop delivers the message about ingenuity and cooperation in human, not abstract, terms: 'You have made it dark enough to see me and quiet enough to hear me,' says the Moon when she appears. It's a successful ensemble piece, gorgeously illustrated, in which each character has a part to play. Ages 3 6. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
* "Stoop's first picture book...[is] a successful ensemble piece, gorgeously illustrated, in which each character has a part to play."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"An apt choice for bedtime reading, this story affirms the necessity of turning off the light and noise of our busy world to truly recognize the everyday marvels around us."--School Library Journal
"A gentle Zen-like parable, with visual and narrative intrigue."--Kirkus Reviews
"Soothingly familiar....The text is simple and thoughtful, almost meditative, but it's the charming artwork that runs away with the show."--Booklist
"Stoop's dreamy, saturated illustrations, painted on plywood, create a roomy wonderland that welcomes any child's curiosity and sense of adventure."--The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Naoko Stoop's love of drawing began when she was a young child growing up in Japan. Naoko now lives and paints in Brooklyn, New York, where she uses found materials such as plywood and brown paper bags as her canvas. She has shown her work in a variety of galleries and stores in New York. Red Knit Cap Girl is her first picture book.