Review: Bang Bang I Hurt the Moon

Posted on October 26, 2016

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Bang Bang I Hurt the Moon
Written by Luis Amavisca
Illustrated by Esther G. Madrid
NubeOcho
October 2016
44 pages

It’s bedtime but Nicholas isn’t the least bit sleepy. He fidgets under the covers and holds his hands together like he’s pointing a gun. His brother Charlie reminds him that their mom would not approve of his game. Defiantly Nicholas points his pretend gun at the moon and shouts, “Bang Bang!” To everyone’s shock and amazement, the moon tumbles down from space and lands in their garden. Luckily for Nicholas, the moon is alive but now everyone faces the astronomical task of returning to the moon to the cosmos before dawn. And time is running out. Madrid’s illustrations blend pencil, watercolor and gouache to create an opalescent lunar landscape on earth. To view this as an anti-gun cautionary tale misses Amavisca’s overriding theme that actions have consequences. This is not a story about the death of the moon. Bang Bang I Hurt the Moon is about the uphill climb to right a wrong.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Peggy Tibbetts

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