Madeleine Goes to the Moon by Peter Lynas and Charlie Roberts
|Madeleine Goes to the Moon by Peter Lynas and Charlie Roberts|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: The pictures and the text in this book work so well together to show how valuable imagination can be to a child. Recommended.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: September 2017|
|Publisher: Made-Up Books|
|External links: Author's website|
Madeleine is a very lucky girl: in her room, she has all a girl could ask for in the way of toys, books, games and dollies. She's a very lucky girl in another way too: she has imagination and everything in her room can be used to take her on adventures. She spends all day there: Dad thinks that she likes to be alone, but Madeleine's not alone on all the trips she takes. We'll find out that yesterday she was told to tidy her room, but instead of doing that, she went to the moon.
Keep an eye on what's in her room (yes, it is a bit of a mess) and you'll see how what's in there transforms into what she needs for her trip. The bed, sporting a natty set of wheels, becomes the moon buggy and teddy is her driver. They meet aliens, flying comets (pencils can be so useful) and her books become jagged mountain tops. Her lamp is the sun and the flowers on the wall are stars. The blue ball is earth and the red rug is Mars. Her mission is only completed when she gets a reminder that she's upstairs to tidy her room.
As a child, my imagination was discouraged. It was called lying and there was no greater sin. What began as a 'virtue' became a 'lack' in later life. I lack imagination and I did so envy Madeleine her ability to go to the moon, to have a jungle adventure, to be a mermaid swimming in the depths of the sea. Each day's a new adventure the book tells us there's no telling who she'll be! That's a precious gift to give to a child. Imagination should be encouraged.
The story is told in a fun way with rhymes which demand to be read aloud, although it's a book which will work best on a one-to-one-or-two basis as the pictures add so much to the story that's being told. It's also a book which is going to be read again and again as you'll spot something new each time you read. I've had great fun spotting objects which appeared on the moon trip and then finding their source in Madeleine's room.
There's just a hint of naughtiness too: Madi's got better things to do than clear the mess in her room. Did she tidy it in the end? Well, I'll leave that to your imagination...
I'd like to thank the publisher for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
If you'd like another fun book from Peter Lynas where the pictures add so much to the story, we can recommend Recipe for Making a Snowman. You might also enjoy You Can do Anything by Akala and Sav Akyuz.
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