The Boy and the Blue Moon

See the source imageThe Boy and the Blue Moon by Sara O’Leary

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: February 13th, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Imagination, Whimsical, Exploration


On the night of a blue moon, a boy and his cat set out for a walk and find themselves on a magical adventure. Together they travel through fields of flowers, forests of towering trees, and lakes of deep dark blue. Flying through starry blue skies, they reach the blue moon. But the blue planet, Earth, calls the explorers home. Safely back in bed, the boy wonders―was it only a dream?


I am simply in love with these illustrations. The colours consist of shades of blue and some other primary colours. This makes the pages very atmospheric and theme-appropriate.

If someone else hadn’t mentioned in their review of the book that blue moons are apparently ‘‘not so rare,’’ I would have thought that the author imagined it. We certainly do not have them in my region of Canada.

This is a quiet tale. A boy and his cat are exploring the outside—more specifically the forest and later the lake—under the blue moon. The boy is convinced that magical things can happen when the blue moon comes out, and sure enough, the boy’s exploration gets him farther than expected.

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This is my type of picture book. I love when characters let their imagination run loose, but in the end realize something about themselves or the people they love that makes them rethink what matters to them most—is it the magic of the blue moon, or is it home?

The narration may only be fine, but after reading a picture book with rhymes it was good to go back to the regular style. And thank goodness the author did not end with an open ending. When authors do that in picture books, it frustrates the hell out of me.

This is a very pleasant read, and once again, the graphics are SPLENDID. The colours almost come off the page. The blue actually reminds of artist Klein’s Blue (IKB) painting, with the colour he invented: ultramarine blue. Check it out! (Both the book and the painting haha.)


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