An active daydreamer, Martin can't help his mind from wandering on the first day of school. His teacher's waving arms remind him of the seagulls that fly along the river banks, which reminds him of a summer trip he took with his mother, which reminds him of a poem he wrote, which reminds him... When his teacher gently calls him back to Earth, Martin is embarrassed about his inattention. But when his whole class laughs along with him, Martin happily realizes that his imagination can help him make friends and have fun at school. The spirit of this whimsical story comes alive through the pairing of inquisitive and unexpected words and simple yet surreal illustrations. Nominated for the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l'enfance et la jeunesse in its original French, Martin on the Moon explores the poetry, beauty, and possibility of the first day of school.
"The first day of school is many things, but one of the most poignant is the painful longing for the freedom of the days just past, and...in Martin on the Moon we feel that twinge of nostalgia for times past as well as the promise of good days ahead."
"A valuable tool to help adults understand how children learn, and to share with little ones the importance of occasional flights of the imagination."
"...has a lovely poetic quality as Martin makes it through his first day of school."
"No classroom clichés here. Rather, creativity and inspired teaching in full bloom."
"An adorable story that the entire family will love."
"A compassionate, refreshing take on the common theme of "first day" jitters."
"Martine Audet creates a curious hero and a classroom environment where he can flourish, and Melanson's visual mix of the literal and the symbolic is spot-on for early elementary students."
"This quiet story is suited for times of reflection...a suitable additional purchase."
"Amid the crowd of picture books that depict a child's first day of school, Martin on the Moon stands out as a beautiful, whimsical, and unconventional offering...One of the loveliest aspects of the text is how it quietly but persistently affirms the importance of children's exploration, wonder, and excitement."
"Audet’s story is beautifully matched with Luc Melanson’s dream-like illustrations. Both prose and visuals flow from page to page, mirroring Martin’s stream of consciousness and Melanson’s digital illustrations fittingly provide the ethereal landscape through which Martin’s story drifts."
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