Moonday by Adam Rex
Like a lost puppy, the moon follows a family home one night. Soon an entire town is affected by the celestial visitor. They all have just received their first Moonday.
At first, it is very exciting. When the moon shrinks enough to fit in the backyard, our protagonist hops onto it and explores. But things grow peculiar. Morning never arrives and everyone is feeling extra sleepy. Soon the backyard is flooded with a high tide and howling dogs!
A town of narcoleptics cannot be a good thing. The teacher at school drowsily writes "1 + 1 = moon," which is thought-provoking, but wrong. Of course, we have many factual books about the moon in our collection. Still, our family must figure out what to do before this moon situation becomes a permanent problem!
The book's true magic lies in Rex's photo-realistic depictions of the impossible. The moon, with plentiful craters and lonely seas, gloriously illuminates the family's faces as it hovers just a few feet away. Rex's attention to detail puts me in the mind of other great illustrators such as David Wiesner and Chris Van Allsburg, who, with each of their efforts, helps us believe in magical occurences.
As a bedtime book, Moonday is something special. It begs to be read in hushed whispers and dulcet tones. The book is surreal, gentle, and offers the potential to inspire many other dreamers.