Divided into seven heavily illustrated chapters, the story is one that will captivate contemplative and creative young readers. Caregivers may find this to be their next weeklong bedtime story and one that fanciful children will want to hear again and again. Kraegel’s ink-and-watercolor illustrations are reminiscent of Sergio Ruzzier’s but a bit grittier and with a darker color scheme. The surreal landscapes are appropriately unsettling, but a bright color palette keeps them from overwhelming readers.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Wild Honey from the Moon is a mother’s love story… and a child’s adventure to linger over happily. Put this one on the shelf next to Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram’s Guess How Much I Love You and Elsa Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear.
—Shelf Awareness for Readers (starred review)
Kraegel’s illustrations linger on tiny lines and fine textures: leaves on trees, stars in the sky, and wood grain and warmth in the Family Shrew’s tree house abode. Reassuring and warmhearted, the story celebrates a brave and loving guardian who will do anything for her child.
A lavishly-illustrated book about the bond between a mother shrew and her son, this gentle adventure story takes the reader along a magical journey to the moon and back…This could also be a good book for Mother’s Day, a unit on the moon, or a compare/contrast unit with a nonfiction book about a relatively unfamiliar animal, the shrew.
—School Library Connection
Kraegel’s detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations call to mind Sergio Ruzzier and feature colorful, anthropomorphic animals engaged in a variety of activities…Arranged in seven mini-chapters, this is a fanciful acknowledgement of the limitless devotion of mothers to their offspring.
From the charming tree house community where Mother Shrew lives to the mesmerizing patterns of the Queen Bee’s garden, readers of all ages will delight in studying the intricate world Kraegel evokes. This ode to determined mothers is a solid addition to most collections, particularly where beginning chapter books are in demand.
—School Library Journal
In seven short, delightful chapters, Kenneth Kraegel (King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson; Green Pants; The Song of Delphine) takes enraptured readers on an adventure they are likely to want to experience again and again…Wild Honey from the Moon is a mother’s love story… and an adventure to linger happily over. Put this one on the shelf next to Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram’s Guess How Much I Love You and Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear.
—Shelf Awareness Pro
The ink and watercolor illustrations are rich in texture with fine filigree lining, calling up the surreal feel of Chris Van Allsburg’s work. The warmth has an appealing touch of the absurd, and kiddos who appreciated the magic of The Wind in the Willows might appreciate this moonlit tale.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books