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Music for Mister Moon by Philip C. Stead
Mar 26, 2019 | ISBN 9780823441600
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    Mar 26, 2019 | ISBN 9780823441600 | 4-8 years

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★ ”In making amends for a thoughtless act, a shy young cellist finds just the right audience. . . . The illustrations, as spare and harmonious as the prose, are pale constructs of lightly applied pencil over misty ink monoprints . . . A low-key, atmospheric encounter a-glimmer with verbal and visual grace notes.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review 

★ ”a gift for the eyes and a delight for the imagination. Encore, please.” —Booklist, Starred Review

★ “The award-winning Steads who are best known for their Caldecott Medal book A Sick Day for Amos McGee are back with a delightful picture book in their signature style. The soft and dreamlike illustrations done with oil based monoprinting on a sheet of acrylic and are the perfect accompaniment to the simple and thoughtful prose as they work in harmony to bring Harriet’s dream to the pages. A gentle bedtime story that is recommended for all.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review

★ ”Caldecott medalist Erin Stead’s layers of oil ink and colored pencil weave a translucent moonlit spell around the graphite-sketched characters, including a thick-furred bear in a trapper hat and an upright, pot-bellied walrus. Introverts and dreamers ages four to nine will gravitate to Philip Stead’s wistful Mister Moon, who thinks oars moving through the water and buoy bells are music compared to the quiet sky. Subtle and whimsical, Music for Mister Moon celebrates the peace that grows between trusted friends.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred Review
“Erin Stead’s prints, embellished with colored pencil and graphite, use point of view to create perceptual distance while simultaneously establishing a close emotional connection.”—The Horn Book

“The fine lines of Erin Stead’s pencil drawings introduce readers to Harriet’s inner life, where the wishes of her parents and the glare of the world can’t intrude. It’s a deep, almost reverent look at how a child can use her imagination to create not just the world she wants, but the world she needs.”—Publishers Weekly

“With a superb balance between text and art, Music for Mister Moon is a vivid journey into a child’s nuanced inner world.” —BookPage

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