The Moon Keeper (Hardcover)

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The Moon Keeper (Hardcover)

By Zosienka, Zosienka (Illustrator)

$17.99


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This enchanting story is about a bear named Emile who is chosen by the night creatures to be the new Moon Keeper. His job is to make sure the Moon is able to shine its light. However, Emile starts noticing that the moon seems to be shrinking. He is quite concerned, until he meets a bird who tells him, "Things come and go — you'll see." This is a comforting story for anyone who is worried.

— Jackie

Fall in love with this moving and magical picture book about a sweet, conscientious polar bear, the moon, and the special connection they share.

Illustrated with a classic feel and told with a refreshing voice, The Moon Keeper is a perfect bedtime story with gentle messages about friendship, impermanence, and nature that will appeal to fans of Kitten’s First Full Moon, Rabbit Moon, and Little Bear.

Emile, a very responsible polar bear, has a new job as moon keeper. He spends his evenings making sure the moon has everything it needs to shine its light over the night creatures.

Night after night he keeps watch over the moon—clearing away the clouds and telling the fruit bats to move along when they play too close.

Emile finds the moon nice to talk to in the stillness of the night. But what happens when the moon starts to change and slowly disappears? In a lovely and touching series of small investigations, consultations with neighbors, and a fair amount of worry, he learns that in life, things come and go—and it’s okay.

Zosienka’s debut as author-illustrator is the rare moon-themed picture book that shows the phases of the moon through brilliant childlike storytelling.

Zosienka was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Polish and English parents. She studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins in London and went on to a career in stop-motion animation, illustration, and print design. The Moon Keeper is her first picture book as author and illustrator. Visit her at www.zosienka.com.



Zosienka was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Polish and English parents. She studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins in London and went on to a career in stop-motion animation, illustration, and print design. The Moon Keeper is her first picture book as author and illustrator. Visit her at www.zosienka.com.

Product Details ISBN: 9780062959522
ISBN-10: 0062959522
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 10th, 2020
Pages: 40
Language: English
"In Zosienka’s solo debut, atmospheric gouache and colored pencil illustrations conjure a dreamy world drenched in rich blues and luminous whites, and lend Emile a quiet steadfastness...A gentle celestial tale that is both a clever introduction to lunar phases and a reassuring meditation on impermanence."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A charming addition to titles exploring the phenomenon of the moon’s phases.”
Kirkus Reviews

"A celebration of the magnificence of the moon and the cyclical nature of the natural world. [...] The book also shares a gentle message about impermanence and offers reassurance to young children who are troubled by separation anxiety, particularly at bedtime. 
— Get Kids into Books blog

"A wonderfully whimsical story...Zosienka's delicate gouache and color pencil spreads feature appealing anthropomorphized animals...Should still appeal to little fans of other lunar titles such as Jami Gigot's Mae and the Moon or Eric Carle's classic Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me." 
— School Library Journal