A myriad of animals sing to the moon and celebrate its mystery in this richly layered picture book. At its simplest level, this book may prove useful in an educational or home setting for learning numbers and counting, and the recognition of animals and their various characteristics and habitats. At a more complex level, this book can be used as a gateway to examine ways of experimenting with poetic form, and the use of colour schemes, pattern and texture to create unique artwork.
Colours shift from cool night palettes to deeper shades of red and purple in the illustrations, as the darkness of night gives way to dawn. The silvery brightness of the full moon on each page casts light and shade, with patterns and colour placement creating texture and depth. Children will revel in the repetition of the rhyming verse and the noises the animals make, as monkeys ‘screech at Moon’ and wolves ‘howl at Moon.’ Additionally, young viewers will be entranced by the colour and detail of the eye-catching illustrations, in this beautiful ode to the moon. Sally Morgan belongs to the Palyku people from the eastern Pilbara region of Western Australia.