The Moonlight Meeting: The Nocturnals
Early Reader Animal Adventure
In this "Grow and Read" level two early reader book, the characters from Nocturnals World meet each other. Bismark is a quirky and spunky sugar glider, Tobin is a hungry and frightened pangolin, and Dawn is a quiet and helpful fox. When Tobin sees a pomelo on the ground, he claims it for his only, only to be yelled at by Bismark, who is perched in the tree from which the fruit fell. Bismark accuses Tobin of stealing the fruit, which hurts Tobin's feelings, since he thought the fruit was just lying on the ground for anyone to take. Luckily, Dawn happens along with a solution, which bonds the group together, especially when they realize their commonalities. A short description of the different animals, as well as one of nocturnal animals, is at the end of the book.
The full color illustrations are quirky and funny, and the ratio of text to illustration is similar to the page set up of I Can Read or Step Into Reading books. The story lines about sharing and understanding the background and motivation of others are timely and important, and the humor of Bismark and his antics will draw young readers into the story.