We love the books and artwork of Kenneth Kraegel and are so happy to celebrate his new book, Wild Honey from the Moon. Ken will read us the book and draw some pictures. This free event is recommended for ages 4-9!
Shelf Awareness says, "In seven short, delightful chapters, Kenneth Kraegel (King Arthur's Very Great Grandson; Green Pants; The Song of Delphine) takes enraptured readers on an adventure they are likely to want to experience again and again. Kraegel uses a muted palette, his two-page spreads awash with intricate watercolor and ink illustrations, scratchy lines capturing the textures of animals, trees and grass. Tucked snugly into a tree, surrounded by a village of rope-ladder-connected treehouses, the Shrew home is sweetly detailed with scalloped shingles, lofted beds, books, bowls and baskets. By contrast, the moon's landscape is vast and changeable, with unexpected (and fantastical) details like a flower- and butterfly-filled valley and an island fortress of belligerent honeybees (over the entrance is inscribed the word "NO!"). The masses of bees are mildly frightening, almost identical with their alien-looking eyes and beautiful wings that seem to act as capes.
Wild Honey from the Moon is a mother's love story... and an adventure to linger happily over. Put this one on the shelf next to Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram's Guess How Much I Love You and Maurice Sendak's Little Bear."
Kenneth Kraegel is a self-taught illustrator and the creator of the picture books Green Pants, The Song of Delphine, and King Arthur's Very Great Grandson, which was a New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In an epic adventure like no other, an unflappable mother will stop at nothing to find a cure for her ailing young son — even if it means traveling to the moon itself.
“Where are you going?”
“To the moon. A quick trip.”
“But you can’t fly.”