The Moon is Going to Addy’s House
by Ida Pearle
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (July 7, 2015)
My Rating: 5 Stars
I have my sister to thank for leading me to The Moon is Going to Addy’s House by Ida Pearle. She e-mailed me about it a couple of weeks ago before the official release date of the book. The cover art and an investigation of Ida Pearle’s website were enough to convince me to pre-order a copy. I’m glad I did.
Addy and her family travel from a friend’s home in the city to their home in the country. Along the way, Addy and her sister wonder at and play hide-and-seek with the moon, which is always there, even when it’s hiding behind the landscape. As the sisters prepare to go to bed after the drive home, Addy concludes that the moon is her constant companion – it watches over her, always.
The Moon is Going to Addy’s House is visually striking. There are very few words to this story; only those that are needed. In fact, I had to read it several times before the words sunk in. The images really take over. Ida Pearle’s colorful cut-paper collage illustrations gorgeously tell the tale. With color, texture, sweeping spreads and ideally placed details, Ida Pearle has created a story that moves you from dusk to night and into a dreamy, comforted state of mind – perfect for a bedtime read.
On her website, Ida Pearle notes that the story is also a metaphor for parental love. There are subtle hints of this throughout the book, but it is very clear from the visual at the end of the story. Personally, I love a story with multiple meanings. Don’t you? A metaphor adds depth, especially when it touches a core emotion.
The emotional depth of The Moon is Going to Addy’s House, along with its stunning artwork, gives it a good chance of becoming a modern classic.
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