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A big sister finds that even in a place as lonely as the moon, all you need is a little creativity—and someone to play with—in Molly on the Moon, the debut picture book from award winning sci fi author Mary Robinette Kowal. When Molly and her family move to the moon, they can only pack the essentials—just one toy each for Molly and her baby brother, Luke. Luckily, Molly has A big sister finds that even in a place as lonely as the moon, all you need is a little creativity—and someone to play with—in Molly on the Moon, the debut picture book from award winning sci fi author Mary Robinette Kowal. When Molly and her family move to the moon, they can only pack the essentials—just one toy each for Molly and her baby brother, Luke. Luckily, Molly has a big imagination. A packing crate becomes a fort, a tarp becomes a witch’s cape, and some cans become a tea set. Baby Luke, on the other hand . . . has blocks. Molly doesn’t want to share. At first. But then she realizes that when you’re on the moon—or anywhere else—a big imagination and being with someone you love can be infinitely better than all the toys in the universe.


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A big sister finds that even in a place as lonely as the moon, all you need is a little creativity—and someone to play with—in Molly on the Moon, the debut picture book from award winning sci fi author Mary Robinette Kowal. When Molly and her family move to the moon, they can only pack the essentials—just one toy each for Molly and her baby brother, Luke. Luckily, Molly has A big sister finds that even in a place as lonely as the moon, all you need is a little creativity—and someone to play with—in Molly on the Moon, the debut picture book from award winning sci fi author Mary Robinette Kowal. When Molly and her family move to the moon, they can only pack the essentials—just one toy each for Molly and her baby brother, Luke. Luckily, Molly has a big imagination. A packing crate becomes a fort, a tarp becomes a witch’s cape, and some cans become a tea set. Baby Luke, on the other hand . . . has blocks. Molly doesn’t want to share. At first. But then she realizes that when you’re on the moon—or anywhere else—a big imagination and being with someone you love can be infinitely better than all the toys in the universe.

30 review for Molly on the Moon

  1. 5 out of 5

    David H.

    My 3-year-old son's review: "That was a great story!" I thought this was a really fun story about learning to share and play when your family moves to the Moon. The Moon itself provides a really fun setting for kids to read about. However, my son was very concerned for baby Luke in one scene ("he's going to fall and hurt himself!") which led to a fun discussion of lighter gravity (also, it turns out I need to work on my simple explanations). The author includes a note at the end with some informa My 3-year-old son's review: "That was a great story!" I thought this was a really fun story about learning to share and play when your family moves to the Moon. The Moon itself provides a really fun setting for kids to read about. However, my son was very concerned for baby Luke in one scene ("he's going to fall and hurt himself!") which led to a fun discussion of lighter gravity (also, it turns out I need to work on my simple explanations). The author includes a note at the end with some information and facts about the Moon, which I wish I had read first for a gravity assist (pun intended). Highly recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marzie

    A sweet story about being in a far away place, underground, with low gravity and few toys and a pesky brother who you suddenly realize has even fewer toys than you do. A story about sharing and why tossing babies in low gravity is a no-no. 💗

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jared White

    Talking animals I can handle, whether they are in a world on their own or share it with humans. And worlds filled with magi I can handle. I don't ask too many questions but I have so many questions with this book (though it is a picture book). Why does Molly live on the Moon? Why aren't there any other families there? Is her mother a scientist and that's why they're there? All those questions aside, I liked the illustrations in this book, I liked that Molly upcycled so many items to make them in Talking animals I can handle, whether they are in a world on their own or share it with humans. And worlds filled with magi I can handle. I don't ask too many questions but I have so many questions with this book (though it is a picture book). Why does Molly live on the Moon? Why aren't there any other families there? Is her mother a scientist and that's why they're there? All those questions aside, I liked the illustrations in this book, I liked that Molly upcycled so many items to make them into toys, I liked her active imagination, and I liked that she decided to share and spend time with her brother. Then there's an afterward with some interesting Moon facts and some intriguing questions about living on the Moon...but it still doesn't answer why Molly lives there and that kinda bugs me. :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Petrini

    Molly lives on the moon, but was allowed to bring along only one toy. Creative and resourceful, Molly makes do with what she has, and finds ways to have fun. But what happens when her little brother wants her only toy? This charming picture book has a simple story that children will easily relate to, set against an exotic location that will capture their imaginations. Vivid, descriptive language and colorful, captivating illustrations make this one a winner. And the author includes a section at Molly lives on the moon, but was allowed to bring along only one toy. Creative and resourceful, Molly makes do with what she has, and finds ways to have fun. But what happens when her little brother wants her only toy? This charming picture book has a simple story that children will easily relate to, set against an exotic location that will capture their imaginations. Vivid, descriptive language and colorful, captivating illustrations make this one a winner. And the author includes a section at the end with factual information about what it might really be like to live on the moon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aolund

    This was an interesting sci-fi picture book about Molly, who lives in an underground room on the moon with her family. While the world of the picture book never gets fully fleshed out (like, why are they on the moon, etc), I still found this was an imaginative and generative book for discussing outer space and gravity on the moon. Themes: Gravity, Moon, Outer Space Age range: Toddler-Kindergarten

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bekah Hubstenberger

    A creative premise about a single parent family who moves to the moon conceals a sweet message about sacrifice and sharing between siblings. Mom, son and daughter are depicted with dark skin. No 2nd parent mentioned. I think the idea of an seemingly ordinary family moving to the moon will capture childrens imaginations.

  7. 4 out of 5

    David Edmonds

    MOLLY ON THE MOON, written by @maryrobinettekowal and illustrated by @dianamayoillo from #roaringbrookpress, is a beautiful story about the power of creativity, sharing, sibling love, and science. This is Mary Robinette Kowal’s first children’s book and it’s just a brilliant as any of her other books. I had not experienced Diana Mayo’s art before, but it is charming and captures Mary Robinette’s story perfectly. I appreciated the afterword from MRK discussing some of the science behind living on MOLLY ON THE MOON, written by @maryrobinettekowal and illustrated by @dianamayoillo from #roaringbrookpress, is a beautiful story about the power of creativity, sharing, sibling love, and science. This is Mary Robinette Kowal’s first children’s book and it’s just a brilliant as any of her other books. I had not experienced Diana Mayo’s art before, but it is charming and captures Mary Robinette’s story perfectly. I appreciated the afterword from MRK discussing some of the science behind living on the moon in terms that young readers will understand. Yay science!! @mackidsbooks #books #bookstagram #book #booklover #reading #bookworm #bookstagrammer #bookish #read #booknerd #bookaddict #bibliophile #booksofinstagram #instabook #readingtime #bookaholic #bookshelf #booksbooksbooks #readersofinstagram #reader #booklove #instabooks #maryrobinettekowal #dianamayo #scienceisfun #frommybookshelfblog #frommybookshelf #📚 #happyreading

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mary Foxe

    A sweet story about creativity, science, and siblings.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    When you live on the moon, you'd better get along with your sibling! When you live on the moon, you'd better get along with your sibling!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    A delightful book for a small child that has an interest in space. Beautiful illustrations and a big child-friendly format.

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  20. 5 out of 5

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