The Moon Is a Ball

Stories of Panda & Squirrel

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

Join Panda and Squirrel in nine funny, wise and thoughtful stories about the meaning of friendship by two world greats of children’s literature. Perfect for emerging readers.

Panda and Squirrel have an unbreakable friendship. They 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 is a friendship for any day: roaring, quiet, grumbling, snoring…always.

This beautiful hardback storybook, with full-color illustrations throughout, features down-to-earth and warm-hearted friendship stories that reach straight from the soul of one six-year-old to another. Perfect for emerging readers or for reading aloud together, it’s a book to read again and again.

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

Translated from the Dutch edition by David Colmer.

Praise for The Moon is a Ball

“. . . ©aptivating text, ideal for reading aloud. . .”—The New York Times

“As Franck models charming rapport and low-stakes companionship, Tjong-Khing’s delicate artwork provides nature-filled scenes of glorious suns and a bamboo forest.”—Publishers Weekly

“Full of heart and gentle humor, Panda and Squirrel are sure to please.” —Booklist

“Striking artwork and sweet, funny stories about friendship make The Moon Is a Ball an amusing addition to the philosophical friends genre, alongside Winnie-the-Pooh and Frog and Toad Are Friends.”—Shelf Awareness

Families who love short, illustrated fiction featuring animals, such as The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham or Ulf Nilsson’s Detective Gordon series.”—Youth Services Book Review

“Enjoyable.”—Kirkus Reviews

[An] upbeat, curiosity-inducing early reader.”—Foreword Reviews

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
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 Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

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.

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Awards

  • USBBY Outstanding International Books List, Winner, 2024
  • CBC Favorite Award, Winner, 2024
  • Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year 2024, Winner, 2024

Reviews

The New York Times

“. . . ©aptivating text, ideal for reading aloud. . .”—The New York Times

Booklist

“Full of heart and gentle humor, Panda and Squirrel are sure to please.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“As Franck models charming rapport and low-stakes companionship, Tjong-Khing’s delicate artwork provides nature-filled scenes of glorious suns and a bamboo forest.”—Publishers Weekly

Shelf Awareness

“Striking artwork and sweet, funny stories about friendship make The Moon Is a Ball an amusing addition to the philosophical friends genre, alongside Winnie-the-Pooh and Frog and Toad Are Friends.”—Shelf Awareness

Foreword Reviews

“[An] upbeat, curiosity-inducing early reader.”—Foreword Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“[T]he tales, translated from Dutch, are enjoyable and will hold readers’ attention. Low-key friends and not-too-dramatic adventures can be enough sometimes.”—Kirkus Reviews