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In the light of the moon & other bedtime stories
McBratney, Sam.
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New York : Kingfisher, [2001]

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92 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Stop daydreaming, Speedwell Bunting -- Brother Bear -- Bentley, go gently -- In the light of the moon -- The fox who liked eggs -- The story of Petite Coccinelle -- Big Bog Frog and Little Umbel -- Bargain Bear.
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PZ5.M22 IN 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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These eight new stories by McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You) with a zany new cast of characters and a variety of themes are ideal for reading aloud. Full-color illustrations. (All Ages)

Author Notes

Sam McBratney has been writing children's books for thirty years and his bestselling book is Guess How Much I Love You. He currently resides in Ireland.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-7. Similar to books of traditional nursery tales in its presentation, this collection of eight original stories will suit young children who have good attention spans but still enjoy colorful illustrations. McBratney, author of Guess How Much I Love You (1994) is paired with Denton, the illustrator of Two Homes (2001), for this inviting, large-format volume. The title story concerns three little mice who venture out for the first time and discover both the beauty and the danger of a moonlit night. "Stop Daydreaming, Speedwell Bunting" dramatizes the reformation of a lazy tooth fairy, and "Big Bog Frog and Little Umbrel" shows a saucy, bossy frog getting his comeuppance, while "Bargain Bear" follows the travels of a teddy bear from child to child over half a century. Denton's sensitive, yet cheerful paintings brighten every page of this well-designed book, which fulfills its purpose as a good source for bedtime stories. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

McBratney's (Guess How Much I Love You) eight bedtime tales mix familiar and unfamiliar stories with a generous helping of Denton's (A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes) lighthearted vignette and full-spread illustrations. "Brother Bear" tells the traditional Jewish folktale about two brothers who covertly look after one another (two recent versions are Frances Harber's The Brothers' Promise and Neal Waldman's The Two Brothers). Several original tales prove that the author knows the power of a good opener: "There are parts of the world where the days are warm and the nights are never cold," begins "Big Bog Frog and Little Umbel," a story of a frog bully who get his comeuppance from an elephant. Unfortunately, in several of the stories, McBratney's promising momentum soon falters; while often funny, a few of these tales do not develop a compelling narrative arc. But all of the tales will be new for the target audience, and Denton's ebullient spot watercolors lend a sense of character and shape to each. She suffuses her pictures with light and airiness, and peppers them with a hearty dose of vaudevillian humor. In "The Fox Who Liked Eggs" (featuring a new plot for Henny Penny, Goosey Loosey et al), for instance, the story calls for the title villain to dress up as the Wise Old Bird in order to trick the birds out of their eggs; Denton decks him out in an extravagant and outlandishly comical feathered ensemble. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A collection of leisurely told tales that will soothe nighttime listeners. All of the eight selections are original but a few have a faint whiff of folktale about them. Included are stories of a lazy tooth fairy who finally overcomes his daydreaming to earn his first tooth and a new wife; two generous bear brothers who, under cover of darkness, keep giving each other the same bag of food; and a competitive and rambunctious pig that saves his master from the advances of a society lady and her precious little dog. While McBratney's quiet stories are competently told, they're not memorable enough to become family favorites. Denton's charming watercolor-and-ink illustrations give the text a boost with their humor, child appeal, and variety.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.