Wednesday 24 December 2014

Digby's Moon Mission

Digby’s Moon Mission by Renee Price, illustrated by Anil 
Tortop (Create It Kids)
PB RRP $14.95
ISBN 9780646927718 
Reviewed by Liz Ledden

Digby’s Moon Mission taps into the timeless childhood desire for a ‘mission’, aided by a group of eager accomplices.

Digby Fixit wonders, ‘Why is the dark so dark?!’, and notes the moon’s slight size: ‘Banana-thin. No more than a sliver’. He concocts an energetic plan with the aid of his friends to cook some food, fling it up to the moon and fatten it up, restoring its roundness and therefore its glow.

Price diverts from prose to rhyme as the children prepare the food, segmenting this activity from the main narrative. Tortop’s illustrations convey humour, action and fun, and it is pleasing to see the diversity of real life reflected in Digby’s friends. The addition of Digby’s expressive little cat throughout is a charming touch.

The double-page spread displaying a determined Digby measuring the moon as it grows larger each day is a favourite, and will no doubt touch adult readers. Digby is convinced his plan is working, and it nods to the innocent wonder of childhood.

The story’s conclusion reveals the aftermath of the moon’s feast, and uses humour that will appeal to young readers of three to six. Overall, the story embraces teamwork, creative problem-solving and determination in an engaging way.


  1. Congrats Renee,
    On this fantastic Review.
    you must be really feeling "The Buzz" ....
    Karen Tyrrell :)

    1. It is indeed a wonderful buzz-inducing review, Karen. Huge thanks to Liz and Buzzwords!


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