“Perfect Picture Book” Friday


When You’re Going to the Moon

Written by : Sasha Beekman

Illustrated by: Vivienne To

Published by:  Affirm Press, Melbourne, Australia

Ages:   3 – 7 years

Theme: dreams, reaching for the stars. Courage, joy of adventure

Opening Lines: There’s a lot you’ve got to fit in your little green bag when you’re going to the moon.

Synopsis:  Your pet iguana, tap-dancing shoes, an inflatable moose …What else might you need when you’re going to the moon? From an exciting new duo comes a heartfelt story about dreaming your biggest dream and taking it to the stars

Why I like this: In this gorgeously illustrated book a cute pixie girl dreams of going to wonderful places (she sounds just like me). Looking out at the stars on a clear night you can dream of anywhere you want to be. I know! I’ve been there! In these eye popping illustrations our main character marks the spot on the map of home so she knows where to return to. (a little of The Wild Things comes to mind) The text trips, skips and runs across the page in a lyrical fashion as if she is chatting excitedly to us and we must hurry if we are to join her on her journey along with her pet A sweet book to read.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to the moon?

Resources/Findings: A lovely Teachers Guide on the story….     http://www.lamontbooks.com.au/media/128558/publishers-notes-when-youre-going-to-the-moon.pdf

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About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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15 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” Friday

  1. Darlene says:

    Sounds like me too. Not sure I want to go to the moon though. What would you take with you?

    • Hi Darlene, yeah I’m not so sure I want to go there… too many other lovely exciting places to see and people to meet down here on earth first. Hmmm what to take, probably my iPhone so I can text or Skype when lonely. 🙂

  2. Gabi Snyder says:

    Wow — charming illustrations and text! Thanks for sharing, Diane.

  3. I love the assumption that we’re going to the moon. Of course, who wouldn’t go to the moon? The illustrations are lovely. Looking forward to picking this one up for a good read. Thanks for featuring!

  4. Joanna says:

    That little girl looks and sounds like the kind of kid I would want to be friends with.

  5. Such fabulous illustrations. I love the girl’s imagination and spunk — she’d be fun to play with. Thanks for sharing this book — I hope I can find it for my great niece, who loves everything about the moon and being an astronaut.

  6. Sue Heavenrich says:

    We can take our iguanas to the moon? Cool! count me in on the next trip. These illustrations are so inviting!

  7. Haha… Umm no thanks I would leave the iguana behind. Not a fan, me. Great to have you along for the trip and yes I love the illustrations too.

  8. Ooh, THE WILD THINGS goes to the Moon. What a great premise and the illustrations are delightful. I will try to find this one! Thanks for featuring it Diane.

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