cover image Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book

Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book

Patricia Hegarty, illus. by Britta Teckentrup. Doubleday, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5247-6966-6

Die-cuts reveal the phases of the moon as it waxes and wanes in this companion to Tree and Bee. “Have you ever wondered why/ The moon shines in the nighttime sky?” writes Hegarty as the book opens. “How every creature, plant, and tree/ Is subject to its mystery?” Teckentrup’s grainy-textured images reveal the nocturnal worlds of animals in a variety of habitats that include the desert and a beach where turtles amass to lay their eggs under a full moon (oddly, the moon blinks out and becomes a new moon on the following page). Though readers won’t learn much about the animals or moon itself, it’s still a dramatic and poetic nighttime journey. Ages 3–7. (Feb.)