One Moonlit Night by Zanna Davidson & Seo Kim


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.

5349B035-098A-48E7-959E-DE33A6EE4EECThe 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.

32F92BE1-33CC-46D6-AA1C-276D65863269The 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.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 3+

Thank you to Templar Publishing for sending me this book to review.

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