Book Review: The Moon Tonight by Jung Chang-hoon

Follow our moon as it waxes and wanes across the night sky in this informative and stunning nonfiction picture book by an astronomer and award-winning illustrator.

Everyone on Earth can look up and marvel at our moon in the night sky. It is an experience we share across cultures and continents. As our closest celestial neighbor, the moon touches on many aspects of our lives and has inspired interest from people across centuries. 

In The Moon Tonight, you can share that same sense of wonder with your child through the eyes of a father-daughter duo as they learn the science behind the twenty-nine-day lunar cycle and the moon’s four phases: crescent, quarter, full, and new.

With age-appropriate and easy-to-follow scientific explanations by astronomer Jung Chang-hoon paired with stunningly beautiful acrylic drawings by an award-winning Bologna Book Fair Illustrator of the Year, Jang Ho, this picture book offers families a reading experience that is both poetic and educational.

A perfect STEM classroom read and bedtime story for little readers curious about where the moon goes and why! 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Blue Dot Kids Press through Edelweiss. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Moon Tonight is a science book for children that describes and explains the moon’s phases in language that is easy for children to understand. It teaches about where moonlight comes from as well as the pull the moon has on Earth’s tides.

The illustrations are not colorful like most children’s books, but they’re informative and beautiful.

This book would be a good addition to a child’s library as well as a good book for the classroom.

When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer by Walt Whitman, read by Janna Levin

When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.