Sunday, October 1, 2017

ARC Review: If My Moon Was Your Sun

33573074 If My Moon Was Your Sun: with CD Audiobook and Music by Andreas Steinhofel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 Did you hear the story about Max, the boy who kidnapped his grandfather from a nursing home ? You didn't see it on the news? Well, let me tell you about it.

Max lives in a small town, much smaller than yours. His grandpa is losing his memory, but still remembers quite a bit. You can imagine how they hurried, Max and his grandpa, followed by old Miss Schneider, who insisted on coming along. Why were they in a hurry? Because everyone was after them. Max had skipped school to rescue his grandpa, and they were just starting out on what promised to be one of the best days of their entire lives.

A touching story about dementia and the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, with full-color illustrations and a read-along CD audiobook featuring twelve classical pieces for children by Georges Bizet and Sergei Prokofiev.

*I received an eARC copy through NetGalley for review. This review is my honest opinion*

I have mixed feeling about this book. I wanted to like it, but there seemed to be a lot of adult influances, such as jokes about kissing, and old people being 'kooky' and a mention that "butterflies teetered drunkenly", I wouldn't recommend using drunkenly in a children's book. I also don't like the thought that if this happened in real life, it could turn out really bad!(Yes I know it's not supposed to be taken seriously, but making the cops come find you is not my idea of funny.)

But then again, it was a fun story, and the art work, both brilliantly colorful, and slightly exaggerated, fit perfectly with the tone of this story. I liked the characters, and at the story tries to gently teach children about what happens when people get older, and their minds no longer work right all the time.

So overall I liked the writing and characters, but some of the humor and describing words could have been better handled.

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