Thursday, June 23, 2016

Children's Picture Book Review: Almost A Full Moon by Hawksley Workman

I received a free ecopy of this picture book from Netgalley and Tundra Book in exchange for an honest review. 

Title: Almost A Full Moon
Author: Hawksley Workman
Illustrator: Jensine Eckwall
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Pages: 32
Source: Netgalley

"Almost a Full Moon" is a warm-hearted story of family, community, food and home. A boy and his grandmother host a gathering in their small cabin in the middle of winter. Friends travel from near and far, and some new friends even turn up. The walls of the cabin are elastic and the soup pot bottomless; all are welcome. Based on the lyrics of Hawksley Workman's song from his holiday album Almost a Full Moon, this book evokes both the cold and the coziness of a winter's night: crisp clean air, sparkling snow, the light of the moon, welcoming windows, glowing candles, family and friends. The spare text is beautifully complemented with the rich illustrations of Jensine Eckwall, a new talent to Tundra. She brings beauty and a hint of magic to Workman's evocative lyrics; together, they create a world and a night that will enchant readers of all ages. 

My Thoughts: 
This is the story of a boy and his grandmother who decide to make soup because the weather is turning cold. Soon a whole flock of visitors show up to share in the meal. 

This is a cute story perfect for a fall or winter day. It's mostly told through the illustrations with a sort of repetitive sign-song verse about the weather turning cold, making soup, and inviting everyone they know and don't know to join in on the feast. 

There are lots of cute little animals and I loved the detail of the wood grain in the table and chairs. The illustrations evoke the cold winter season as well as a warm, comfy home interior and the joy and cheer of gathered family and friends. 

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