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And If the Moon Could Talk

Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

It is night. Inside a house, a child is getting ready for bed. A hall light is switched on, toys and animals are settled in their places. Papa reads a story, Mama comes in to say good night, dreams wait to enter sleep...And if the moon could talk, it would tell of the many different nighttime activities that it sees from its vantage point, outside the house and high, high above.

In this tranquil, evocative picture book, text and pictures illuminate interior and exterior nighttime scenes, showing us what the moon might see-and say, if it could talk.  And If the Moon Could Talk is the winner of the 1998 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books.

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Praise for And If the Moon Could Talk

"The events [in a child's bedroom] are quiet ones--the ticking of a clock, the reading of a book . . . Alternating with the interior landscapes is the moon's-eye-view across the globe of other slumber scenes . . . nomads and camels crouched among desert dunes, a lion likcing her cubs in a faraway den. A dreaming child blends the two worlds in a caravan of color." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"A classic picture book of the highest caliber." --Starred, The Horn Book

"With quiet phrases and luxurious color, Banks and Hallensleben evoke a perfectly peaceful bedtime . . . As night gently envelops the landscapes, the words and art convey the snug warmth of a featherbed and a world as small as a neighborhood." --Starred, Publisher's Weekly

"The deeply saturated tones of the lovely, impressionistic oil paintings perfectly match the somnolent feeling of the text . . . perfect for one-on-one sharing, this book will enhance bedtime story collections." --Starred, School Library Journal
"The events [in a child's bedroom] are quiet ones--the ticking of a clock, the reading of a book . . . Alternating with the interior landscapes is the moon's-eye-view across the globe of other slumber scenes . . . nomads and camels crouched among desert dunes, a lion likcing her cubs in a faraway den. A dreaming child blends the two worlds in a caravan of color." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"A classic picture book of the highest caliber." --Starred, The Horn Book

"With quiet phrases and luxurious color, Banks and Hallensleben evoke a perfectly peaceful bedtime . . . As night gently envelops the landscapes, the words and art convey the snug warmth of a featherbed and a world as small as a neighborhood." --Starred, Publisher's Weekly

"The deeply saturated tones of the lovely, impressionistic oil paintings perfectly match the somnolent feeling of the text . . . perfect for one-on-one sharing, this book will enhance bedtime story collections." --Starred, School Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben

  • Author Kate Banks and illustrator Georg Hallensleben have collaborated on several books, including The Cat Who Walked Across France, Baboon, Close Your Eyes and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. Banks lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons. Hallensleben lives in Paris.
  • Kate Banks
  • Georg Hallensleben
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Available Formats and Book Details

And If the Moon Could Talk

Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben

American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Booklist Editors' Choice, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Boston Globe - Horn Book Award
  • Trade Paperback

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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