Published by Templar Publishing, 2017.
One Moonlit Night is a stunning picture book! It has elaborate pop-up pages that have been intricately engineered to amazing effect.
There are pop-ups on every spread. Some even have built-in movement: waves crashing, wings beating, a dragon flying.
The story is a dream sequence narrative. A young girl falls asleep one night when the sky is lit by a full moon. In her dreams, she goes on the most wonderful adventure. First by fishing boat, then on the back of a dragon. They do battle with ogres and trolls, race comets and orbit the moon. It’s a spectacular journey of the imagination set against a moonlit sky.
I particularly loved the beautiful poetic text and the rich, figurative language. It was a pleasure to read and so lovely to have such evocative, complex language in a picture book.
One of my favourite pages is the one set in space with a vast galaxy of planets and stars in the background and a dazzling moon that pops up in the foreground. The little girl has re-purposed her fishing nets and now trawls the sky for stars. It’s such a beautiful image.
The story ends with the little girl back asleep in her bed. My son and I had fun spotting items dotted around her bedroom that had earlier been transformed in her dreams.
Suitable for children aged 3+
Thank you to Templar Publishing for sending me this book to review.