When Moon Became the Moon

by Rob Hodgson (Author) Rob Hodgson (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Meet Moon! Follow along as she guides us through her origin and her purpose in this charming and humorous nonfiction picture book.

Following the success of When Cloud Became a Cloud comes Rob Hodgson’s next long-form picture book about the moon’s origin and phases. This delightfully fun exploration into the moon both informs and entertains, and helps young readers make sense of the world around them. The charming protagonist, Moon, sparsely narrates her story in eleven short chapters with text bubbles and vignettes sprinkled in to provide wit, style, and humor. Young audiences will immediately connect to the colorful, whimsical art and welcome a sense of accomplishment in devouring this unexpected, yet wholly accessible scientific book.
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Kirkus Reviews

A lighthearted introduction to our lunar companion.

Horn Book Magazine

This book is sure to delight budding astronomers while inviting all readers to take time to look up at theevening sky and wonder.


An enjoyable introductory book for curious kids.

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Rob Hodgson
Rob Hodgson was born in a seaside town in the south of England, and studied illustration at Plymouth University. Today he lives in Bristol, where he spends his days making a mess and turning it into quality illustration projects and books. He cites Yoko Ono, Ed Templeton, and Arthur Russell among his influences. Working with traditional and lo-fi techniques such as block printing and wood cut, along with digital processes, Rob combines old and new approaches to create his work. His books have been translated into a dozen languages and his first author-illustrated book, The Cave, was chosen by Book Trust to be given free to every preschool-aged child in England. His interests include animals, skateboards, the psychology of perception, and collecting strange toys.
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Guided Reading Level
Rise X Penguin Workshop
Publication date
August 29, 2023
BISAC categories
JNF051010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology | Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science
JNF051040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Astronomy
Library of Congress categories

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