EMWF Kids’ Reads

Midnight & Moon

Written by Kelly Cooper
Illustrated by Daniel Miyares
Published by Tundra Books

A book review by Lilith (7), Madeline (7), and Thatcher (6)

Midnight & Moon

My favourite part is when I learned that Moon can hear things that other horses can’t hear. He hears the poplar leaves turning yellow and the salamander at the pond. It’s really cool how he can hear things that other horses can’t. It makes him special.

Hi Lilith, Madeline, and Thatcher! Can you tell us what this book is about?

Lilith: This book was about horses, kindness, and trust. It is also about friendship and differences.

Madeline: It’s about a girl, a boy, and two horses who have made good friends. Moon is blind (Moon is the white horse) and the girl doesn’t talk really. The girl makes friends with a nice boy when she goes to school, and the boy is fine with her being different. The other horse, Midnight, is the only horse in the herd that cares about Moon. Midnight guides Moon when Moon doesn’t know where to go.

Thatcher: It is a story about horses that were able to find their way home.

What do you like about this book?

Lilith: I enjoyed the artwork and the themes. I also liked how the story went back and forth between the horses and Clara.

Madeline: I like the beautiful pictures, like the one where it shows most of the horses in the herd. I also like the picture of the barn and the glistening lake that’s icy. I also like books about a great story like this story because it really teaches a lesson.

Thatcher: I like how the pictures actually look real.

What is your favourite part of the story?

Lilith: I liked it when Moon hears Clara’s whisper. I also liked how the story described lots of sounds.

Madeline: My favourite part is when I learned that Moon can hear things that other horses can’t hear. He hears the poplar leaves turning yellow and the salamander at the pond. It’s really cool how he can hear things that other horses can’t. It makes him special.

What do you like about the illustrations?

Lilith: I liked the beautiful colours and the way the sky and weather looked like watercolour.

Madeline: I like that they’re drawn so realistically. The horses’ backs look like real horses’ backs. The soft, paint colours are pretty.

Why should kids read this book?

Lilith: It’s a good book. It has kind characters that will help kids notice things that other people don’t.

Madeline: Kids should read this book because they can learn about it being okay to be different.

Thatcher: This is a good book for kids because it’s adventurous.

If you could ask the author or illustrator a question, what would it be?

Lilith: Is Moon inspired by a real horse?

Madeline: I would ask the illustrator how he made the pictures.

Thatcher: I would want to know how they made the pictures look so real – like the snow and the barn.

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