“The Moon in The Sky” Poems Your Kids Would Have Written (If Only They Could Write) by Bruce Shutts
Book Title: “The Moon in the Sky” Poems Your Kids Would Have Written (If Only They Could Write) by Bruce Shutts
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 34 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Stinson Books
Release date: December 25, 2021
Tour dates: March 21 to April 15, 2022
Content Rating: G – Children’s Fiction for Ages 3-7
Children have the power to turn simple everyday tasks into moments of intrigue and laughter.
Delight in thirteen whimsical poems that capture the simple honesty of everyday childhood activities written from the perspective of three-to-six-year-olds.
From getting dressed, eating snacks, or having stinky feet, you and your child will recognize yourself in these poems.
Crafted to make you laugh, smile, and build memories with your kids.
Interview with the author of The Moon In The Sky
Question: With so many children’s picture books in print, what makes “The Moon in the Sky” unique?
Answer: It is true that are many out there. The majority of children’s books are of the fairy tale or make-believe variety. I wanted to write one that kids could truly identify with and was actually written from the perspective of three-to-six-year-olds. They have experienced nearly everything in this book so they should see themselves and laugh along.
Question: What made you decide to write a children’s picture book?
Answer: I have always enjoyed reading books to my children when they were young, and now to my grandchildren. I knew which books made me smile and thought that I could create something along those lines. The recent pandemic actually gave me the free time, not only to do the writing, but all of work necessary to see it through into print.
Question: Why do think many children’s books are written in rhyme?
Answer: If you are telling a long story, I think you can go either way. “The Moon in the Sky” is essentially a collection of thirteen short stories and, much like nursery rhymes or songs, children like to hear over and over again. Rhyming the lines is the easiest way to help children memorize the words, which is something they all love to do. (And are so proud of when they do it!)
Question: Are the characters in your book modeled after anyone in particular?
Answer: At that age, I believe kids are kids! I tried to use a diverse group of children in the book representing children everywhere. I must admit, however, that the children pictured on the cover have a striking resemblance to my five grandchildren! Hmmm?
Question: If you had one wish for your book, what would it be?
Answer: I only hope that somewhere there is a child out there who, when asked by their parent or grandparent “What book would you like to read tonight before bedtime?” that they would answer “Can we please read The Moon in the Sky? That is my favorite!”
Bruce Shutts has spent countless hours reading children’s picture books to his three children and five grandchildren over the past forty years. He also loves to create humorous poems for nearly every occasion he can imagine. Coupled with the fact that he often thinks and acts like a three-to-six-year-old, it makes his entrance into the world of children’s books a natural fit. He currently is retired with his wife of forty-five years and loves to travel, play golf, and (you guessed it) read books at night to his grandkids!
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My Thoughts on The Moon in The Sky
I grew up not honestly extremely interested in poetry, I could never make sense of it all. But this, this made me smile and laugh. I loved how Bruce Shutts took ordinary kids experiences and use them to convey a message filled with humor and reality. As someone who works with kids, I found these poems to be spot on and filled with some truly believable circumstances. Even the kids in my class enjoyed reading it and were quite enamored by some of the poems.
We also loved the illustrations and how they added to the story being told.
I Definitely recommend this book to anyone. 4 Stars.
*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.