Award-winning science fiction author Mary Robinette Kowal consulted with a NASA astronaut to craft her first picture book story, accurately describing how living on the moon differs from life on Earth.
Beautifully illustrated by Diana Mayo, Molly on the Moon is the tale of two siblings adjusting to their new home. When Molly and her family move to the moon, they can only pack the essentials--just one toy each for Molly and her baby brother, Luke. Luckily, Molly has a big imagination. A packing crate becomes a fort, a tarp becomes a witch's cape, and some cans become a tea set. Baby Luke, on the other hand . . . has blocks. Molly doesn't want to share. At first. But then she realizes that when you're on the moon--or anywhere else--a big imagination and being with someone you love can be infinitely better than all the toys in the universe. Inspiring and imaginative, Molly on the Moon also includes fascinating facts about the moon's environment, revealing how the differences in gravity, temperature, and time would affect our lives.
Molly, her mother, and baby brother Luke have moved to the moon. But following the rocket-ship ride, their underground moon module is no speculative paradise: each child could bring only one toy--a stuffed lamb for Molly, blocks for Luke--and while Mayo's (Snow Ghost) mixed-media characterizations, soft textures, and blue hues offer a visual gentleness, the brown-skinned family's room is cramped, isolated, and sparsely furnished. Molly soon improvises more playthings, including a tin-can tea set and a "witch's cape" from an old solar panel cover. But when Molly angrily pulls her lamb away from Luke, sending him floating to the room's ceiling in the moon's weak gravity, Molly realizes how much her brother needs her. "He didn't have anybody at all to play with on the Moon," writes Kowal (the Lady Astronaut series, for adults), "except for her." And with Mom's help, she turns pieces of the witch's cape into a stuffed animal for Luke. Tensions between siblings are familiar material, but Molly's quiet determination to make the most of her new and limited circumstances gives this story emotional heft. An author's note discusses the moon's weak gravity. Ages 3-6. (Apr.)Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.
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