Published by Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin), The Moon is Going to Addy’s House is about a little girl’s journey from city to country, and her wonder and fascination with the moon which appears to be following her in the sky above. As Addy and her little sister leave the city at dusk, the sky transforms; the clouds change, the sun sets, and the moon brightens and glows, becoming a comforting travel companion along their journey. It disappears and reappears over the course of the book, playing games of hide and seek with Addy. It runs ahead, falls behind, bounces up and down, is reflected in car mirrors, in bodies of water, and so forth.
On a literal level, The Moon is Going to Addy’s House demonstrates to children the phenomenon of the moon appearing “to always be there.” And the changing and darkening sky serve, literally, as backdrop for this simple and beautiful meditation on the journey to sleep. Yet, on a more symbolic level, one can also read the ever present moon, as it makes the transition with Addy and her sister from day to night, from city to country, as a metaphor for parental love and its constancy. The Moon is Going to Addy’s House therefore echoes with and reminds of that beautiful, fundamental and universal relationship which we can never remember not having. Released July 7th, available at book stores everywhere.
Ida and her cousin Addy sitting on the little green car in Mahopac NY, 1980
“The Moon is Going to Addy’s House is visual storytelling at its very best. The emotional journey of the children is beautifully expressed through Ida Pearle’s stunning use of decoupage, color, texture, and movement.” — Martin Scorsese
“Exquisite, electrifying, soothing, and soporific, brilliant in color and execution, this book beams.” — Kirkus Review
“Ida Pearle has created a modern classic, a stunningly beautiful book, with a storyline that moves like dance right down to the smallest warm detail.” — Richard McGuire, author of Here
“Ida Pearle is a magician who understands children. She makes her cut-paper collages dance and play and come to life. Her work is pure joy. The moon is going to Addy’s house, and you should, too!” — Brian Selznick, Caldecott Medal Winner
“This is a lush, magnificent title that manages to take cut paper and make it live. Absolutely stunning.” — Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library’s Youth Materials Collections Specialist, School Library Journal
“This wonderful book will be loved by all ages. The story is seen through the eyes of two children who, looking out the car windows as they travel with their parents, follow the journey of the moon as it wanders across the sky. Miss Pearle’s extraordinary illustrations with their classical Japanese influence, poignantly reveal the delicate love a parent feels for their child.” — Helen Scorsese
“Pearle captures silky motion, conjures up a sense of warmth without reserve, and celebrates children’s intuitive grasp of the natural world....is breathtaking.” — Publishers Weekly
“Pearle brings fresh excitement to this phenomenon with her dynamic cut-paper collages. A lovely celebration of a magical celestial companion.” — Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library, School Library Journal
Ida, at Addy’s House summer of 2013