Max loves his grandpa.When they must say good-bye after a visit, Grandpa reminds Max that the moon above them at Grandpa s house is the same moon that will follow him all the way home. And on that swervy-curvy car ride back home Maxsmiles as the moon tags along, thinking of Grandpa. Read more...
Max loves his grandpa.When they must say good-bye after a visit, Grandpa reminds Max that the moon above them at Grandpa s house is the same moon that will follow him all the way home. And on that swervy-curvy car ride back home Maxsmiles as the moon tags along, thinking of Grandpa. But when the sky darkens and the moon disappears behind clouds, Max worries thatit did not follow him home after all. Yet when the clouds part and light streams through his window, he realizes that Grandpa was right the moon was with him all along.
Floyd Cooper received the Coretta Scott King Award for"The Blacker the Berry," two Coretta Scott KingHonorsfor"Honey in Broomwheat Tea" and"IHave Heard ofa Land," and an NAACPimage award. His books have also been named to numerous best books list and been given many Parents Choice Awards. In "Max and the Tag-Along Moon, "his lush paintings perfectly capture the wonder of the moon, the love between grandfather and grandson, and that feeling of magic every child experiences when the moon follows him home.
- ISBN-13: 9780399233425
- ISBN-10: 0399233423
- Publisher: Philomel Books
- Publish Date: June 2013
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 3-7
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-04-22
- Reviewer: Staff
It’s hard to leave Granpa’s house, but he has a promise for young Max: the “big fine moon” in the sky “will always shine for you... on and on!” Granpa seems right for most of the “swervy-curvy” trip home—which is beautifully captured by the velvety textures, luminous palette, and curvilinear shapes of Cooper’s spreads. Then storm clouds turn the sky dark, and in Max’s anxious face it’s easy to see that he’s wondering whether the loneliness and disappointment brought on by the moon’s disappearance means something about his own world, too: what happens when someone he love disappears? Many authors would have brought in another adult to help Max mediate his feelings, but Cooper (Brick by Brick) gives the boy room to think, so that when moon reappears, Max has a deeper understanding of what Granpa’s promise means: love, like the moon’s light, goes “on and on.” Writing in poetic, evocative prose, Cooper offers just the right amount of support to the lush illustrations and the thoughtful, observant hero. Ages 3–7. (June)