Finding Monkey Moon by Elizabeth Pulford
Published by Walker Books
There are 2 things that scare and worry kids…the dark and getting lost. So when Michael’s favourite toy and best buddy, Monkey Moon, gets lost in the park at night time, there is only one thing Michael can do…brave the dark and find him…with dad of course! So dad and Michael set out on a night time adventure in the shadows and the silence, to find Monkey Moon, will they be rewarded for their bravery or will Monkey Moon be lost forever?
Monkey Moon is a familiar tale of facing and overcoming childhood fears. The universal themes mean kids all over will relate to the story. Mine did, having lost their precious blankies on more than one occasion.
The illustrations are beautiful yet eerie, capturing the uneasy darkness of the night and the creepiness of the shadows as it takes over. Dad provides silent comfort and support on the night time mission and the story ends with a lovely synergy between father and son, son and monkey.
All over this is an enjoyable read, which opens up a world of discussion about simple but important things like fear, anxiety and loss. After reading this book to my kids my 6 year old said “I’m like Michael, I don’t like the dark” but my 2 year old piped in with “I don’t mind the dark much mum” and on we rolled from there. To me that’s what books are all about.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Elizabeth Pulford
Illustrator: Kate Wilkinson
Title: Finding Monkey Moon
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Published: July 2015