Over the Moon
Over the Moon
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Over the Moon

Written by James Proimos & illustrated by Zoey Abbott
Published by Chronicle Books
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What Does Bookroo Think of Over the Moon

A little too odd to fully enjoy, yet somewhat humorous and refreshing.

As a baby girl floats down a river in a basket, two wolves spot her and agree it’s best to save her, take her home, and raise her as their own (though one wolf was hoping to eat her, the other said they would nourish and teach her). One day, the girl spots other human children for the first time, sitting outside reading books. When she tells her wolf parents, they let her go to join the other kids at school, though the story ends with the reassurance that she’ll returns home at the end of each day. This existential story is lined with philosophic commentary through the different wolf parents—one thinking about right and wrong, the other thinking about dinner. With elements reminiscent of The Jungle Book and the Bible’s story of Moses, the refreshing oddity of Proimos’ tale veers to an unpredictable ending with the theme of growing up and going to school while successfully exhibiting the overarching thematic primal fears of children growing up and leaving their parents. Abbot’s illustrations are colorful and appealing, though somewhat simple, and wonderfully convey the child’s personality through her facial expressions. The distinguishing factor of humor and peculiarity are also what leave the book wanting, making it an interesting read that’s a little too unusual to become a favorite.

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What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following are concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • The girl ends up going to school by the end of the book. What part of school do you think she was most excited about? What are you most excited about when you get to start school, or what is your favorite part of school if you already attend?
  • This story shows that family means love, even if your family doesn't look like everyone elses'. Why do you love your family?


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Book Details

Publication Date
March 10, 2020
Text Details
The illustrations in this book were rendered in gauche, colored pencil, and ink.
Illustration Details
Typeset in Mr Eaves Modern, Prater Block, and Bizzle-Chizzle
Page Count
Reading Age
3 - 5 years

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