The clean, crisp illustrations of 'Milo and the Moon Kangaroo' make this a beautiful book to review.
This fun picture book engages the reader and listener from the beginning. I love the interactive nature of it - Milo has lost his green crayon - from the third page readers can trace the green crayon line through the book! The trail takes Milo through the park, to the gorgeous jungle, pirate ship and desert. There are lots of fun details on each page, such as the monkey sitting on a tree reading a book in the jungle and the washing hanging from the line on the pirate ship.
The story develops nicely when Milo gets taken to the moon in a rocket. The moon crater for lost toys from earth really captured my children's imagination - they loved the idea that their toys were taken care of when they got lost!
This book was great fun to review. The plot is well thought out, great development at a perfect level for a children's picture book - it will survive many readings! The sentences are not overly descriptive, the language is pitched perfectly for this age group and should engage emerging readers.
In fact, we loved this one so much we sought 'Dogfish', illustrated by Dan Taylor.