Almost a Full Moon

Hawksley Workman, illus. by Jensine Eckwall. Tundra, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-77049-871-6
Singer-songwriter Workman uses the title track from a 2001 EP as the foundation for his first children’s book, a beguiling story of people coming together one winter night. It’s also a notable debut for Eckwall, whose delicate paintings transport readers to a remote cottage shared by a gray-haired woman and a boy. Together, they prepare a meal (“You stir a moment while I put more wood in the stove./ Let’s make some soup ’cause the weather is turning cold”) before a diverse array of guests arrive, including a brown-skinned family of four and a redheaded girl who rides up on a wolf, tilting an already-magical setting into something even more fantastical. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 10/17/2016
Release date: 09/06/2016
Genre: Children's
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