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When the moon smiled
Horáček, Petr.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
One by one the moon lights up stars to put to sleep the animals who sleep at night and to wake up the animals that should be awake, from one dog to ten moths.
General Note:
"A bedtime counting book."
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Petr Horacek's vividly colorful illustrations and multiplying die-cut stars make for a bedtime counting book that twinkles with charm. Night has come to the farm, but the moon is not smiling. The animals are all out of place, and to set things right, the moon needs to light the stars, one by one. As the number of yellow die-cut stars increases on each page, little readers will be eager to count them (and to count all the animals, too). With appealingly childlike artwork in rich glowing hues, this warm, clever counting book will bring smiles all around.

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Booklist Review

PreS. Children will count much more than sheep in this sweet, satisfying bedtime book. A plastic window on the cover reveals a golden half-moon that wears a puzzled expression as it gazes at the farm below: The animals who were supposed to sleep at night were still awake. The animals who were supposed to wake up at night were still asleep. The farm creatures are all turned around because there's no starlight, so, on each subsequent spread, the moon lights a new star, settling the animals into their normal routine: the dog sleeps, the cats wake and prowl, and so on. The spare text provides a simple, rhythmic accompaniment to the bright, color-saturated art. In places, the reproductions appear a bit blurry, but Horacek's childlike crayon-and-watercolor illustrations, printed on glossy, sturdy paper, will captivate preschoolers with their brilliant colors, uncluttered compositions, and cutaway stars that peek through in increasing numbers up to 10. This isn't a necessary purchase, but it offers a cozy, appealing counting exercise from a talented artist. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

A crescent window in the cover is just the first of many die-cuts that yield deeper glimpses into the night sky in When the Moon Smiled: A Bedtime Counting Book by Petr Hor cek. One night the moon observes some problems on a farm below: "The animals who were supposed to sleep at night were still awake. The animals who were supposed to wake up at night were still asleep." Readers can count up to 10 as the moon lights a die-cut star for each animal group, which alternate between daytime and nocturnal creatures. ( Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved