Spring 2023

The Moon Is a Ball

Stories of Panda & Squirrel

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Philosophical, wise, funny, true-to-child and wonderfully illustrated stories about an unbreakable friendship between a panda and a squirrel, from two world greats of children’s literature.

Panda and Squirrel can’t live without each other and do everything together: lie on the rocks to look at the moon, take walks, play games. One of their journeys lasts for only two steps, another day they discover a newly hatched duckling. Sometimes they argue but they always make up again. This a friendship for any day: roaring, quiet, grumbling, snoring . . . always.

These down-to-earth, warmhearted friendship stories reach straight from the soul of one six-year-old to another.

Written by Ed Franck, one of Belgium’s most important and innovative children’s writers, and illustrated by The Tjong-Khing, a world-leading illustrator for children, whose many accolades include nomination for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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On pre-order until 04/04/2023
On pre-order until 04/04/2023
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2023
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 80
Publication Date 2023-04-04
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039060, JUV044000, JUV002000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 6.7 x 8.7
Features Original artwork

Author: Ed Franck

Ed Franck is one of Belgium's most important and innovative children's writers. He writes for all ages and in all genres: from songs for toddlers to YA novels, detective stories, and poetry. He has twice won the prestigious Cultuurprijs of the Flemish Community for Youth Literature.

Illustrator: Thé Tjong-Khing

Thé Tjong-Khing was born in Indonesia and moved to the Netherlands as a young man, where he drew comics in the studio of a celebrated Dutch cartoonist. Now a world-leading illustrator for children, he has received many prizes including the Max Velthuijs Prize for his life's work in 2010 and nomination for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.