cover image Moon Child

Moon Child

Nadia Krilanovich, illus. by Elizabeth Sayles, Random/Tricycle, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-58246-325-4

Krilanovich makes her children's book debut with a whimsical story that casts the moon both as a source of nighttime comfort and as something with which to interact. "I can balance the moon on the tip of my nose," she writes, while Sayles shows a small owl perched on a branch, appearing to do just that. Other animals also make the impossible possible—a raccoon, for instance, can "pinch the moon" between its fingers (actually, the moon's reflection in the water). The full moon is a massive, luminous presence in each of Sayles's dark and dreamy spreads, rising and falling with the ebb and flow of night. Ages 2–4. (Oct.)