Max and the Tag-Along Moon

  • Title: Max and the Tag-Along Moon
  • Author: Floyd Cooper
  • Illustrator: Floyd Cooper
  • Publisher: Puffin Books, a division of Penguin Random House
  • Publication year: 2013
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“Max loves his grandpa. When they must say good-bye after a visit, Grandpa promises Max that the moon at Grandpa’s house is the same moon that will follow him all the way home. On that swervy-curvy car ride back to his house, Max watches as the moon tags along. But when the sky darkens and the moon disappears behind clouds, he worries that it didn’t follow him home after all. Where did the moon go—and what about Grandpa’s promise?”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – As I just discussed for Daniel’s Good Day and several others, this is another book that could celebrate Black Joy, and a book that every child can relate to as we have all wondered at the moon. This guide from the website Reading to Kids has questions to ask children before and after the reading, and new vocabulary words for children to learn.  
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – I think I like the illustrations in this book more than in Cooper’s other work, The Ring Bearer because I like that the moon has become its own character and its shadows are felt through each page turn.

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