When The Moon Comes by Paul HarbridgeWhen The Moon Comes by Paul Harbridge

When The Moon Comes

byPaul HarbridgeIllustratorMatt James

Hardcover | September 12, 2017

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In this atmospheric story, a group of kids play hockey on a frozen lake by moonlight. At once nostalgic and timely, this is a gorgeous book that will speak to readers young and old.

The beaver flood has finally frozen--perfect ice, without a bump or a ripple. For the kids in town, it's Christmas in November. They wait, impatiently, for the right moment.

Finally, it arrives: the full moon.

They huff and puff through logging trails, farms, back roads and tamarack swamps, the powdery snow soaking pant legs and boots, till they see it--their perfect ice, waiting.

And the game is on.

When the moon Comes is steeped in tradition and nostalgia: for hockey, for childhood, for a simpler time. The beauty of the text is matched by the brilliant, rich illustrations that wonderfully capture the magic of a moonlit night in winter.
PAUL HARBRIDGE is the author of the picture book Helena's Voyage and several published short stories. A graduate of the University of Toronto, he works as a speech-language pathologist with adults with developmental disabilities. He and his wife, Isabel, live in Etobicoke, Ontario, and are the proud parents of Daniel and Helena.MATT JA...
Title:When The Moon ComesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 12.31 × 8.31 × 0.36 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1101917776

ISBN - 13:9781101917770


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nostalgia When The Moon Comes by Paul Harbridge, illustrated by Matt James and published by Tundra Books If you are someone or have someone on your list who remembers cold nights waiting for the lake/pond to freeze to lace up the skates then run to pick up this stunning picture book. The story takes me back to my childhood and New Year's family hockey games on the Mighty Pike. Back in a time when the lake would actually be frozen over the holidays we could spend hours out on the ice. This story will take you back in time or help you create new memories of freedom and winter fun. It's a great reminder of the joys of living in a place that experiences the beauty of the freshly frozen ice under the full moon. The illustrations by Matt James are so incredible. I was 100% taken in by the illustrations and bought the book before even reading it. I knew I needed to have something this beautiful on my bookshelf. All the artwork is worthy of a place on your wall and if you can get your hands on some of his work, do it!
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story Took me back to when I was a kid skating on a frozen pond. Beautifully illustrated. Easy to read for younger readers. Definitely a keeper.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A beautiful Winter Story This book takes you deep into the arms of winter. The illustrations are beautiful works of art depicting winter, friendship and tradition. The text tell the story of friends who create magic on ice with the help of the light from the moon. This would be a great book in the classroom when discussing winter themes and images.
Date published: 2017-09-24

Editorial Reviews

A Quill & Quire Best Kids' Book of the Year, Booksellers' Pick (2017)One of CCBC’S Best Books for Kids & Teens (2018)"The illustrations, with their burnished waning light, and the clipped-short narrative combine to create an atmosphere that for anyone who has experienced it will feel pitch-perfect." --STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews"Harbridge uses language to create a space where magic happens, providing an opportunity for extraordinary things to occur in an ordinary world... An exquisite selection for older elementary readers." --STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal"[A] luminous story of friendship and full-moon magic… Artist Matt James creates a winter wonderland in breathtaking illustrations that have texture and a sense of mystery. This one-of-a-kind moonlit adventure is sure to capture young imaginations." --Bookpage"4/4… Harbridge takes the reader on a little journey to the pond along with the children from the community… We enjoy the game along with the children and feel and see all that they do thanks to the descriptive writing… Matt James' rich illustrations strengthen the story as, through his use of colour, they help us to imagine the depth of the cold… Serve with a cup of hot chocolate… Highly recommended." --CM Magazine