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If My Moon Was Your Sun – Andreas Steinhofel, Nele Palmtag

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.

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a review!

I don’t usually read children’s books, unless me nephew, Roman, 2, comes up to me and demands for me to read them. Usually I get a page or two before he runs off and picks out another one. That’s about all.

But tomorrow my other nephew, Joshua, 6, is going to sign up to receive his first library card. Josh likes to read – the other day I sat while he read Aladdin at me. And that got me thinking about all these books out there, waiting and ready for him to discover. I’ve been a reader all my life, and all I can do is hope and gently encourage him for having that same passion.

If My Moon Was Your Sunis written in such beautiful prose. It may be a children’s book but it was deeply thoughtful and beautifully written. It’s not too over the top; it’s simple, easy to read and understand, while at the same time encouraging intelligence of the reader and for them to think. For young children, whose minds are open to so much information, it’s important to treat them like they’re smart and they’re not stupid. This book does exactly that; it engages in a conversation.

You closed your eyes, you breathed deeply in and out, and in no time at all you felt rooted and alive.

This book tells the tale of a young boy, Max, breaking his Grandfather out of the Nursing Home. This is written with the view of a scared boy whose afraid of losing his best friend, his protector, his Grandfather. It’s from a boy who wants adventure. It’s about loving.

“That someday I’ll ask, do you remember? and you won’t remember anymore.
And that someday . . . someday you will forget how much you love me.”

“Max. Don’t be afraid. You don’t need to be afraid of anything, my boy.”

So this small book is beautiful, and I love the message of loving and comfort it sends through via the relationship of Max and his Grandfather. I don’t think I got the best reading experience that I could have as I didn’t listen to the audio BUT having said that, the book was still amazing without it. Also, I can’t forget to mention the illustrations that were simply BEAUTIFUL. They were done with just enough detail and childlike manner that they suited the atmosphere and the theme of the book PERFECTLY.

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