Music for Mister Moon is an atmospheric and whimsical book written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead. The husband and wife team are also collaborators on the Caldecott Medal winning book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Their newest joint effort brings the same brand of imaginative storytelling and captivating illustration to life on the page.
Music for Mister Moon follows the performance-shy Harriet, who you can call Hank, through an evening of trying to play cello alone. Hank’s formidable imagination creates the perfect cello-playing environment out of thin air but soon finds that there are plenty of distractions even in her meticulously constructed haven.
The lovely illustrations add a dreaminess that complements the unperturbed manner in which Hank deals with her fantastical predicament. Themes of friendship, understanding, and redemption will resonate with introverts and dreamers.
The site dedicated to the book provides some insight into the creation process, as does this page, which comes complete with time-lapse videos of the artist at work. This book and these sites would nicely preface a lesson on mono-printing or fiction writing.
If you have ever been guided home safely or fallen in love on a moonlit night, this book may be for you.