The Moon's Almost Here

illus. by Tomie dePaola. 32p. ebook available. S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Jun. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481420624.
Toddler-PreS—Using the familiar character of Pierrot the Mime, the acrylic illustrations pair beautifully with the author's gentle farewell to the day and welcome of the full moon. The ode begins with Pierrot and a child waiting for the moon to come, watching as "Robin sings in her nest/Babies fly back to her/Ready to rest." Fittingly, the expansive sky in the background is robin's egg blue, the first in a spectrum of hues that gradually darken as twilight ascends and the two witness other animals with their offspring—sheep, ducks, calves—preparing for the night. The smallest creature, a butterfly, departs from the flower she has been sitting on to herald the next gorgeous spread of fireflies across a meadow and the first glimpse of moonlight. The text then turns to good nights until the full moon's reveal. No need to ever fear the dark with this book handily available.
VERDICT A magical, wondrous, and comforting selection, especially for bedtime.

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