Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Moonlight by Stephen Savage from Holiday House Publishing [Review & Giveaway]

On August 23, Neal Porter Books/Holiday House will have the honor of publishing Moonlight. Those in need of  a new bedtime read are sure to gravitate towards this captivating story about effects of moonlight and its nightly journey.

ISBN: 9780823450848 - $18.99
Neal Porter Books
Holiday House Publishing

My thoughts:
As the black darkness descends outside and the child prepares for bed and a night of sleep in the black darkness that is his or her bedroom, a dread of the black darkness can also creep into the depths of that sweet little one's mind and heart.

In Moonlight the artist/author uses a few words to tell how light seeps and creeps into the black darkness revealing blues, teals, and greens with the whiteness that is moonlight.

It simply shows that in the black darkness there is light that slips, creeps, descends, and lights the darkness.

Intended to bring encouragement to fearful children or perhaps to simply teach the beauty of the spreading moonlight on our world, the story and pictures can bring joy. It is an unusual book in that it doesn't contain an array of joyful colors and happy, lively critters. It is a book that shows that there is delight in the darkness because there is the light of the moonlight.

About the book: When moonlight shines, it’s not like most light. In the quietest hours of the night, it swings through trees and slithers down rivers. It drifts in the wake of steamships and catches on the propeller of a passing plane. It blankets neighborhoods before coming to rest by your side. In this bedtime picture book, Geisel Honoree Savage, presents lyrical text and illustration full of dramatic light and shadow to pay homage to the mysterious moon and the unique ways it reveals itself each night. “Light and shadow are as much characters as the animals and people moving through the night,” shared Savage.

When it came time to bring his characters to life, the author/illustrator who typically uses digital methods selected an art style he first tried in college: Linocut. Each of Moonlight’s illustrations is imbued with an energy that Savage credits to this art style. “Print-making processes impose limitations on the image,” shared Savage. “But limitations are essential in art making. They are what give the work life!”

About the author/artist: Stephen Savage is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator whose accolades include a New York Times Best Illustrated Book (Polar Bear Night) and a Geisel Honor (Supertruck). Polar Bear Night was a New York Times bestseller. He also wrote and illustrated And Then Came Hope and Babysitter from Another Planet. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter and two dogs.

Begins August 23
Ends September 14 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publisher or publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.


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