Book Title: When the Sun Met the Moon by Simran Mohinani
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: March, 2021
Format available for review: print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Mar 15 to Apr 2, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.
In this enchanting tale of the origins of the Sun and the Moon, the Sun flies across the universe on an adventure to look for someone whose light matches his own. When the Sun Met the Moon is a story filled with so much love, excitement, and equality that you won’t want to put down, and can be told for years to come. After centuries of brightening up the sky by himself, the poor Sun is exhausted, lonely, and in need of some help. So, he decides to search the galaxies for someone whose light is as strong and powerful as his to help him shine down on the people of Earth. When the Sun decides to take a holiday to go on this adventure, Earth is left with its first-ever nighttime where the sky goes dark and cold, leaving people afraid to come out of their homes. Will the Sun be able to find somebody whose light is equal to his? Find out in this gorgeous love story how the Sun met his perfect Moon.
The book ‘When the sun met the moon’ is a beautiful piece of art primarily for the mesmerising illustrations by Leo Hartas. Can the night sky and darkness be made any prettier than the pictures in this book! I am simply floored by the richness of the illustrations. Whether it is the vast day and night skies or the earth landscapes, it is difficult to take your eyes off them.
The story in the book is a love story of the sun and the moon. When the sun gets exhausted from shining day and night over the earth, it sets itself on a journey across the universe to find its other half. He discovers the moon and falls in love with the moon at the first sight. Both of them marry in the presence of the zillion stars, the milky way and the people of the earth. The sun is addressed as the king and the moon as his queen. Together, they take turns in shining their light over the earth where the sun rules the sky during the day and the moon does the same during the night, thus maintaining a perfect balance. I found the small little poem written in the ‘Dedication’ just before the story begins to be sweet and romantic.
I appreciate the work of the author in weaving a cute love story here which is very well supported by the amazing illustrations. However, as a parent, I am quite concerned with taking a love story to my young kid who will not understand the concept of the story. I would not consider it age-appropriate for young children. I would prefer stories of friendships and healthy partnerships over romantic notions on any given day for the children’s age group of 3-7 years.
If only I can recommend this book, it will be on account of the eye-catching illustrations.
Meet the Author:
Simran Mohinani, otherwise known as Simi Moh, was born on September 8th, 1998. She is a graduate of Northeastern University, studying entrepreneurship with a minor in global fashion. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and now lives between there, London, and Boston. She first worked for the United Nations with their environmental conservation team before also collaborating with Amazon, Marriott, and Snupps. She published her first trilogy of books comprised of poetry and short stories which are very successful. She now owns and runs three of her own businesses in the fields of consulting, denim supply, and commercial goods. She also has her own charity: The SiMission. After college, she also worked full-time at her family business, which deals with properties in Europe. On the side, she still loves to write, which came to fruition with When the Sun Met the Moon, for your enjoyment and pleasure.
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