When the Moon Forgot – Jimmy Liao
One day the moon forgets itself and falls to the earth; a little boy finds it, and takes it home. Factories make other moons, big and small, to shine through the night, but none of them can live up to the real thing. The little boy and the moon have all sorts of adventures together, until the world needs the moon back, and it remembers how to shine again.
When the Moon Forgot is a fantastic, sometimes-wordless, beautifully illustrated book. The text is simple and sweet with a heavy helping of whimsy; the art is a little bit Sendak, a little bit Shaun Tan, and a lot of sweetness. I love the funny manufactured moons, smiling even when they’re being trampled by children or deflating like balloons or abandoned in puddles. I also love the real moon, so pale in comparison, but so happy with the little boy, and so big and proud-looking when it returns to the sky. I even love the trim size, nice and small and delicate-feeling. It’s a beautiful book with a beautiful, subtle message, and it gets five happy stars.