The first book review! I suppose it’s only fitting I begin with the one that long ago captured my heart, the wonderful MANY MOONS by the excellent James Thurber.
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by James Thurber, illustrated by Marc Simont; published (1998) by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Readers will rate a book for its message and content and that’s how it should be. But if you’ve tried to write a story, you can begin to appreciate the difficulties and the merits of a well put together piece. From a technical point of view, I couldn’t love this lovely book, Many Moons, more. Probably one of my all-time favorites. But of course, it’s a children’s book, and it should be rated in light of that fact.
I read Many Moons many, many moons ago in my teens, and I loved it then as I love it now for its wit and amusing perspectives. It’s funny. Perhaps a bit wordy for a children’s book, but a book to remember.
For those who don’t know Many Moons: Princess Lenore has fallen ill “of a surfeit of strawberry tarts” and assumes she can only be well if she can have the moon. The wisest men in the kingdom – from the High Lord Chamberlain to the Royal Wizard to the Royal Mathematician – despite their complicated science, cannot fetch the moon.
It’s the court jester, a fool in his motley and caps and bells, who finds the simplest solution. To ask Princess Lenore herself. I will not spoil the ending, but I will end by saying this : lucky was Mr. Thurber to have penned this beautiful tale. And lucky, lucky am I to have read it.