This is an unusual review because I haven’t ever actually seen this book. And no I didn’t get a digital ARC. Tonight I got to hear it read aloud by Don and Audrey Wood on their tour stop at Book People here in Austin. They actually read it simultaneously with Napping House. Don would read a page of Napping House and then Audrey would read a page of Full Moon to show their similar structure.
It was a pajama party. It started with a puppet show of King Bidgood followed by Little Mouse. Then out came Don and Audrey to read the books together. This is my son in his penguin pjs listening intently!
Then Audrey talked a little bit about her inspiration for creating another Napping House book after so many years and Don did a little live illustrating showing the kids expression and body language.
The entire presentation took 15 minutes. It wonderfully showcased both books and gave the littlest bit of insight for the interested adults and kids who were able to hold on for that long. You can tell they really know their audience.
Don and Audrey lived in California when they wrote Napping House and the fog always clouded over the moon. When they moved to Hawaii, Audrey said she got a new appreciation for the moon. During one full moon, she noticed that their goats and chickens were all very restless, dancing around and making a raucous. It inspired her to write Full Moon at the Napping House. Everyone is very restless and finally settles down to sleep unlike Napping House where everyone is asleep until the wakeful flea… well, you know.
I cannot wait to examine the book more closely. While I don’t think it will ever replace Napping House, but it was cute and clever. And such a fun event!