WHEN THE MOON COMES
ILLUSTRATED BY MATT JAMES
Publisher: Tundra Books
In this atmospheric story, a group of kids play hockey on a frozen lake by moonlight. At once nostalgic and timely, this is a gorgeous book that will speak to readers young and old.
The beaver flood has finally frozen--perfect ice, without a bump or a ripple. For the kids in town, it's Christmas in November. They wait, impatiently, for the right moment.
Finally, it arrives: the full moon.
They huff and puff through logging trails, farms, back roads and tamarack swamps, the powdery snow soaking pant legs and boots, till they see it--their perfect ice, waiting.
And the game is on.
When the moon Comes is steeped in tradition and nostalgia: for hockey, for childhood, for a simpler time. The beauty of the text is matched by the brilliant, rich illustrations that wonderfully capture the magic of a moonlit night in winter.
A Quill & Quire Best Kids’ Book of the Year, Booksellers’ Pick (2017)
“The illustrations, with their burnished waning light, and the clipped-short narrative combine to create an atmosphere that for anyone who has experienced it will feel pitch-perfect.” —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews
“Harbridge uses language to create a space where magic happens, providing an opportunity for extraordinary things to occur in an ordinary world… An exquisite selection for older elementary readers.” –STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal
“[A] luminous story of friendship and full-moon magic… Artist Matt James creates a winter wonderland in breathtaking illustrations that have texture and a sense of mystery. This one-of-a-kind moonlit adventure is sure to capture young imaginations.” —Bookpage