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|Field trip to the moon|
Author: Hare, John
In this wordless picture book, a girl is accidentally left behind on a class trip to the moon.
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/19)
School Library Journal (+) (05/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/01/2019 In this wordless picture book, schoolchildren are transported to the moon on a space shuttle resembling a bus, and one space-suited child discovers that, although the moon has been explored, there is always something new to discover. While the other kids stick to the field trip itinerary, this child finds a quiet spot to sit with some crayons and draw the Earth—and is thus accidentally left behind. As the bus disappears into space, the child resumes coloring, which draws out a group of gray rock-like moon people who humorously interact with the crayons, doodling on themselves as well as a nearby boulder. The fun ends when the bus returns and the moon people hide, each still holding a crayon. Homeward bound, the child (whose gender is undefined) uses the only remaining crayon—a gray one—to draw a picture of the moon people. A perfectly paced paean to imagination, Hare’s auspicious debut presents a world where a yellow crayon box shines like a beacon. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2019 PreS-Gr 2—Hare's picture book debut is a winner. His wordless tale in acrylic paint depicts a typical class field trip to the moon—the school bus ship, the trek across a gray lunar surface, the leap over a big chasm, a lecture on craters, and the one kid who lags behind. In this case the kid who lags behind is armed with crayons and a sketch pad. After wandering off to sketch the Earth and accidentally napping, the child awakens to discover the bus ship leaving! Despite some initial panic, the youngster settles in to draw and wait for its return, unknowingly attracting a crowd of gray aliens fascinated by the colored crayons. A hilarious fun fest of aliens drawing—on paper, on rock, on one another—ensues until the bus returns and they fade back into the moon dust. The happy reunion is marred only when the teacher notices the drawings on the rock that the child must remove before they leave. It is only on the final page that the face of the protagonist is revealed to be that of a dark-haired girl. Hare flawlessly and convincingly depicts the emotions of his characters — the desire to draw, the panic of being left behind, the joy of being remembered, and everything in between—all while they are wearing space suits with black, opaque face shields. His gray yet surprisingly detailed moonscape is both the setting and a character in its own right; his depiction of the aliens as gray humanoids amazed by color is genius. VERDICT A beautifully done wordless story about a field trip to the moon with a sweet and funny alien encounter; what's not to like? A must-have for most libraries.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.