At first, it appears that Mr Moon is a useful bedtime companion, but not a very exciting daytime friend. Whatever fun is going on, he just dozes right through it. Until, that is, night time arrives and Mr Moon wakes up. Then the reader is taken on an ethereal adventure.
As the birds on the wallpaper start to sing, Mr Moon leads the reader into a fantastic other-world garden of mystical creatures, games of chess and badminton, and a giant maze. There’s even some messing about in boats and a Tea Party (hints of Alice in Wonderland?). Mr Moon is anything but sleepy as he climbs back out of the wallpaper and takes his owner back to bed.
Although a wallpaper portal may sound unlikely, the story works well and the dream-like quality of the illustrations creates real magic for the reader. It’s a perfect book for bedtime, and its story of gentle dreams in beautiful places is ideal for any child who is frightened of the dark or who suffers from nightmares.