I don’t read a lot of children’s books, although they have certain similarities with comics. I found Luna Luna, though, refreshing and relaxing.
Sam Ryan wrote and Hazel Mitchell illustrated this Zen-influenced fable about a little boy trying to capture the “misty summer moon, streaked with green and red and yellow and purple” he sees out his window.
Each page spread consists of an illustration, full color with a predominant use of blues and purples, faced with several sentences of text. I liked the way Roshi demonstrates determination but learns the virtues of patience and creative problem-solving.
The dreamy nature of the story makes it good for repeated reading, a real plus for a kids’ book. (The writer provided a digital review copy.)