Finding Monkey Moon
Author: Elizabeth Pulford
Illustrator: Kate Wilkinson
BUY – Finding Monkey Moon
When bedtime arrives and Michael discovers his dearest friend is nowhere to be found, he and dad set out for the park. Finding Monkey Moon on this dark night will require all Michael’s determination and love.
This simple tale of a missing toy, a little boy and his dad, holds such quite beauty that it’s depth may at first go unrealised.
Dad gently supports his little son, as he bravely ventures out into the night to find his toy. Michael’s concern is that Monkey Moon will be frightened and he calls out reassuringly that he will be there soon.
Dad is patient and helps Michael search. He allows the child space to investigate and is there for him when familiar shapes look strange in the dark and the hoot of an owl draws Michael close. Though his gentle presence, Dad shows Michael that he is supported on many levels.
The illustrations are superb and compliment the poetic text, filling the story with atmosphere and perspective. Tiny Michael calls into the huge seamless space of park and night sky.
“His cry carried into the darkness and fell into the folds of quiet, but still there wasn’t a single sound, not even the tiniest whisper”
The dark shadows of the trees lie stark and strange. Yet the darkness itself is not portrayed as scary, and warm yellow torch light richly illuminates each path or hiding place. Speckles of colour and light twinkle in the air. Best of all, rich red leaves and night blooming flowers soften the scenes, beautifully imbuing the lesser-known night-time world with a sense of safety.
And when all hope seems lost and the child’s lip begins to tremble, Monkey Moon is discovered at last. Swing his toy high onto his shoulders, Michael mimics, “There you go young fella.”
A heart warming circle of love and learning is complete. Magic!BUY – Finding Monkey Moon