What I Loved:
Love, Sophia on the Moon tells the entire story through letters between a mother and daughter. I loved this concept! It was so cute to read their banter back and forth, and felt just like the kind of conversations I have had with my own children as they decide they would prefer to live somewhere else, then decide, maybe not!
How I Felt:
The writing was perfect for the story. All of the words in the book are on letters going back and forth between Sophia and her mom. The emotions that are felt with each letter are so evident through the words, and I really appreciated how the author was able to capture and convey them. I giggled at how the mother would write about how she was making a favorite dish of Sophia’s for dinner. Sophia would respond with a funny comment about how her mom shouldn’t make that because of this or that. It was so well-written and my daughter and I really enjoyed it!
The story follows Sophia as she decides she wants to live on the moon and writes a letter to her mother letting her know. She updates her mother on all the wonderful things she is doing on the moon, like riding “moonicorns” or playing “moonball”. Her mother replies to her letters with all the things she is doing at home, like making favorite dishes for dinner or taking in a stray moonchild since Sophia’s bed is no longer in use.
The story was captivating, and I loved the creative things that Sophia does while on the moon. It made the book so special and really caught my daughter’s interest!
The illustrations were so fun! We loved that the creativity of the story was shown beautifully in the pictures. The “moonicorn” was a favorite for my daughter!
To Read or Not To Read: I would recommend Love, Sophia on the Moon to any child. This book should be read as an assisted read and is perfect for pre-K through middle-elementary children.
Where to Find This Book:
Love, Sophia on the Moon by Anica Mrose Rissi is available at these sites.
Life on earth isn’t always fair, so Sophia runs off to the moon, where there are no bedtimes, no time-outs, and no Mom.
But as Sophia and her mom send letters to each other, Mom has a clever comeback for all of Sophia’s angry notes. Home starts to sound not-quite-so-bad, especially when Mom reports that someone from the moon has moved in to Sophia’s old room, they’re having spaghetti for dinner, and they’re reading Sophia’s favorite story at bedtime.
A through line of unconditional love underscored with lots of humor and imagination makes this picturebook a stellar pick for storytime.
- Love, Sophia on the Moon by Anica Mrose Rissi
- Illustrator: Mika Song
- Genre: Children’s Picture Book
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Page Count: 32 pages
- Pub Date: March 31, 2020
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.
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