Sam Ryan’s Luna Luna is the perfect way to help your children wind down their crazy days and great ready for a quiet night’s sleep. Through calming blue-toned illustrations and soft words, children are introduced to a little boy who sets on to capture the moon.
I particularly love the open-ended finale (you’ll have to read it yourself to see what I mean). My one complaint is that the protagonist is a boy. Given that Mr. Ryan wrote it specifically for his two daughters, it is a shame he had to reinforce the age-old tradition of having them be spectators instead of actors.
Were it to be a girl who he decided to send on the moon-catching journey he would have accomplished something even more significant than writing a great book. He would have demonstrated through actions and not words what he no doubt tells them everyday. Daughters don’t need to sit on the sidelines watching, reading or witnessing the exploits of boys. They too can have adventures of their own.
Alas, it’s still a great book. It just could have been that much better.