Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: R. W. Alley
Publisher: Clarion Books
Mitchell and some of his friends are about to go trick-or-treating when Gretchen notices that some of the moon has disappeared! Mitchell, Sorcerer of Space, is the only one who can save the moon! He takes off on the Moon Ladder of Magic and Mystery, but when he lands on the moon he discovers that Gretchen has stowed away on the ladder! The Jack O'Jerks that are eating the moon almost eat her, but Mitchell uses his lightning wand to save her and the moon. Back on Earth, they head out into the evening.
Mitchell and the Moon is a cute story about children's imagination. The real world is depicted in muted tones, which creates good contrast to the brilliance of the moon and the colors used in Mitchell's imagination. The children in the book are very expressive and exhibit childlike reactions that are endearing and add to the humor of the book. Most of this book's text is dialogue between the children, keeping up the pace of the book. While this book doesn't particularly stand out as being particularly clever or fun, it isn't poorly crafted either. It will definitely be enjoyed more by children with very active imaginations, like Mitchell's.