Full Moon and Star

Lee Bennett Hopkins, illus. by Marcellus Hall. Abrams, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4197-0013-2
The team behind City I Love turns from love of place to love of friends in a story structured in three acts. After Katie and Kyle each write a play about friendship (Kyle's observes that two halves of the moon make one whole, while Katie's is about a star who longs to twinkle with her friend), they collaborate on the play that gives the book its title—it's the best of the three, they believe. "Do you know why I love it best?" Katie asks. "Why?" "Because we did it together," she says. "We should always do things together." "I agree," Kyle says. Their plays are the small-scale, living room productions most kids and parents alike will recognize (each is no more than a couple of lines long). But Hall imagines them produced in real theaters in front of glamorously attired adults; his jaunty, New Yorker cartoon–style artwork greatly tempers the story's more cloying notes. While older children may be impatient with the pair's unrelenting cheer, the very young will appreciate the absence of tension. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/13/2011
Release date: 08/01/2011
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-1-4197-0123-8
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