Thursday, October 4, 2018

Review - The Full Moon at the Napping House

The Full Moon at the Napping House
by Audrey Wood
illustrated by Don Wood
Date: 2015
Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

In the wide-awake bed in the full-moon house, everyone is restless! The moonlight is pouring in and no one can get to sleep: not Granny, her grandchild, the dog, the cat, or even a mouse. It's not until a tiny musical visitor offers up a soothing song does the menagerie settle down, and finally everyone is off to dreamland.With a perfectly crafted text and stunning paintings, Audrey and Don Wood reveal once again why they are picture book creators of the highest order. The Full Moon at the Napping House, the highly anticipated follow-up to their beloved classic The Napping House, is the ideal book to share at bedtime or anytime.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is apparently a follow-up to a 1984 book called The Napping House, which I don't recall from my own childhood at all, even though it apparently won awards and was fairly famous. The Full Moon at the Napping House is cute, but I kind of found the child annoying. Don't give your kid caffeine before bed, or they'll be up all night! (Literally. You could see the progress of the moon as you turned the pages, and it rose from the horizon all the way into the sky and back down again before the little brat finally settled down. Poor grandma's not going to offer to babysit ever again!)

The pictures are probably my favourite part of the book. The text is the kind that builds with lots of repetition (sort of like the rhyme "This Is the House That Jack Built"), and I guess some kids would like it, but I found it a little boring. For me, it was far more entertaining to look at the pictures (because there's quite a bit to look at within them).

Overall, this isn't a bad children's book, but I don't think it'll ever be one of my favourites.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.17 out of 5

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