Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess by Janet Hill
If you’ve ever thought your child could use a coffee table book this would clearly be the one to own. I fully expect to see it in Anthropologie’s terribly well curated book section. High-end precious baby stores should be delicately tucking it into photo shoots, positioned just so in the nursery or child’s room of your dreams. It is just that beautiful.
Certainly there is nothing shocking, groundbreaking or riveting in Miss Moon’s recommendations for good behavior. A brief sentence per page is all we’re afforded. Therefore, it is not the words that will capture readers’ attention or make you wish you could walk directly into a page. It’s Janet Hill’s exquisite illustrations that do that. And after you have read the book and admired its beauty, please curb the impulse to rip out the pages and frame them for your walls. After all, they (and many more dreamy images – I dare you not to fall in love with Lisette and the Skunk) are available for purchase at Janet Hill’s Etsy shop: Janet Hill Studio. What’s more, they are completely reasonably priced.
I would love to see more from Janet Hill, next time with a rich, perhaps magical plot that offers as much to read as there is to look at.
Side note to teachers: If anyone still does picture prompts for writing I would retire the masterful yet ubiquitous Chris Van Allsburg pages in favor of some of Hill’s art for a change!
Age Recommendation: Recommended for anyone who likes things of beauty. The prints could be admired by the youngest baby in a crib and there are certainly adults who might want to place a copy somewhere that both they and their guests could enjoy.
Sex, Nudity, Dating – None.
Profanity – None.
Death, Violence and Gore – Bows and arrows are shown.
Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking – None.
Frightening or Intense Things – None.