Rich in rhyme and figurative language, this otherworldly tale by Jeanne Willis and John Hare will enthral young readers…
Most children look forward to a school trip, so who would say no to a field trip to the moon?
And yet, the main character in this story is seemingly uninspired by this event.
While the other children explore, guided by their teacher, our independent protagonist wanders off and records his findings in his notebook.
Other than taking place on the moon, it seems like an ordinary school visit – until the aliens appear!
What will kids learn?
Jeanne Willis and John Hare’s story will delight and entertain children, while introducing sophisticated themes such as isolation, acceptance and difference.
Picture books are a fantastic literary resource and this captivating lunar adventure is thoughtfully illustrated and brought to life with a sensitive voice.
Young children will laugh out loud at the antics of the naughty aliens. Don’t be surprised if your class notices the pantomime qualities of the text and start calling out “Behind you!’’ as you read it aloud.
Johanna Howard is LKS2 Y3/4 lead at Weeke Primary in Winchester. Jonathan Rooke is a senior lecturer in education at the University of Winchester.
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