From 3 to 7 | 36 pages
A witty, weird, and wonderful spin on a classic Korean folktale, the first picture book to be published in English by internationally acclaimed Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Heena Baek
"Whimsically varied perspectives and the unusual depth of field offered by Baek’s technique make for an entrancing display." — Kirkus Reviews – STARRED REVIEW
One sweltering summer night, while the many residents of one apartment building are struggling to fall asleep, the moon begins to melt. Granny hears it dripping and runs out to catch the moon drops in a bucket. At first unsure what do with the drops, she is soon inspired to turn them into popsicles—moon pops!—to help cool down her neighbors.
But as everyone drifts off to sleep, a new problem arises. The fabled rabbits who, according to folklore live on the moon, have lost their home! With the last of the moon drops, Granny grows a new moon from the potted plant in her window. As the moon ascends to the starry sky above, the rabbits return to their home, and Granny returns to her bed.
Illustrated in otherworldly mixed-media 3D shoebox dioramas that use unique and exquisite collage art, this quirky and colorful picture book spins a new story from the common East Asian fable of the rabbit in the moon.Heena Baek
"A strange and delightful tale made for lingering over—and perfect for reading with your own moon pop ... Cool in more ways than one."- BookPage
"Perfect for a bedtime story on a hot summer night, this entertaining tale offers much to be discovered on multiple readings; a strong title to share widely at story hours."- School Library Journal
"Well-paced, accessibly written and translated, and visually sumptuous."- The Horn Book
"Extremely inventive, Heena Baek’s Moon Pops is an imaginative take on Korean folklore. The writing is crisp and leaves a certain magic in the air. [Baek’s] artwork here is stunning."- Canadian Review of Materials
"Baek’s use of onomatopoeia makes for a fun read-aloud for young readers, and her mixed media and collage illustrations result in a unique style that further captures the attention."- Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database