Martin on the Moon by Martine Audet

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Though I got this book thinking of my daughter, it’s actually reminding me more of myself in primary school. That mix of boredom and curiosity I felt being in a classroom for the first time comes up vividly as I read this. After running free in…
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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.
 

About Martine Audet

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Martine Audet is the author of many award-winning works of poetry, which have been translated into several languages, including English, Czech, German, Italian, and Spanish. She lives in Montreal.Luc Melanson has illustrated a number of award-winning children's books. In 2002 his book Le grand voyage de monsier (The Grand Journey of Mr. Man) won the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration and was also selected for the IBBY Canada Honour List. He lives in Laval, QC.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Owlkids Books. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.
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Reviewed by Kat Kiddles on Oct 29 2012

Though I got this book thinking of my daughter, it’s actually reminding me more of myself in primary school. That mix of boredom and curiosity I felt being in a classroom for the first time comes up vividly as I read this. After running free in…

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