One of the most common phrases I share with my son is “I love you to the moon and back” because that’s how I can quantify my love for him in words.
When I saw this book The Boy Who Loved the Moon by Rino Alaimo, it was a perfect accompaniment to the special little moments we would share and the front cover alone is magical…what’s inside is even more so.
“Many years ago, one night in June, the lights of the city went out, one by one, until only a single light illuminated the sky…..it was the Moon.”
As the story magically progresses through each page, it’s easy to escape into the book, amongst the dark pages that are illuminated by the light of the moon.
The Boy Who Loved the Moon is Alaimo's first book, adapted from his own short film that won accolades around the world.
The story is about a lonely little boy who, one night, sees the moon shining through the window and the moon captures his lonely heart and takes him on a journey up to the moon. When the little boy gets to the moon he offers her a beautiful rose but the moon is rather unimpressed with the gift. The boy doesn’t want to give up, he wants to find a gift that is worthy of the beautiful moon. The story follows the little boy’s magical and mysterious adventure over turbulent seas, across the stars and against ferocious dragons to find the perfect gift. But the moon is a very fussy moon, the little boy can’t seem to find a gift that will win the Moon’s love.
But all of a sudden, as you turn the dark pages speckled with golden moonshine, the page turns to the colours of day – blues, purples, yellows, pinks, kites flying, birds soaring. Finally the little boy has found a perfect gift for the moon - the colours of the day. The moon is very pleased.
This book is magical, it will take you and your children on a wonderful adventure, and it’s the perfect book to the feed the imagination and will definitely bring a little magic to bedtime.