Julia Inserro’s new children’s book Nonni’s Moon is a very special read which will leave your children wrapped up warm before bed. We were lucky enough to see a preview of the book which is available in June from Amazon here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nonnis-Moon-Julia-Inserro-ebook/dp/B07CX91KN9
This children’s book is aimed towards children 3-8 years old although it can be enjoyed by the whole family. It’s illustrated by award-winning illustrator Lucy Smith who’s beautiful drawings make this book have a real punch.
This book tells of Beanie who lives in a different country to Nonni (Her grandmother). She misses her terribly and wishes they could talk more. When Nonni and her Mum realise that the moon could be the answer it fills the family with happiness and hope. Beanie is excited to share her find with others and her teacher can see how it can help her own situation as she isn’t close to a family member either.
When reading this book, it makes you think about missing loved ones- whether it’s because they no longer live nearby or because they have died. It can be the perfect starting point when talking to children who are missing someone. It lets them find comfort in imagining what that loved one would be saying to them right now and how they can still think about them and share their thoughts.
Children struggle to express their emotions at times, especially when it is something highly moving like loss and separation and this gentle story can help open up that difficult conversation and help soothe a child.
The illustrations are beautiful, they compliment the story perfectly and some of the words are incorporated into it- swirly letters that look like part of the illustration but is actually part of the story, they blend the two important aspects of a children’s book together perfectly. There’s great detail within and a really cosy, glowing atmosphere which creates that magical, soothing feeling that this book is full of.
This is a lovely story to share with children, especially at bedtime. It would be a brilliant tool to use in other areas too- to help children to open up and share their thoughts and it’s a lovely, fell good book which has left us excited about what Julia will create next especially as we know she will be pairing up with illustrator Lucy Smith again.
Whilst we are looking forward to seeing how everyone receives this book and hearing how much they enjoy it too, we have been lucky enough to speak with Julia Inserro and ask her about how she became inspired to write the book, how she’s finding the whole writing process and what she’s hoping to do next!
I really enjoyed reading Nonni’s Moon and thought it had a great ‘warm, feel good’ feeling. Is this the first book you have published?
Have you always wanted to write?
How have you found the process from your first idea to then having it ‘out there’ and sharing it with the world?
What is it like to hear other peoples’ opinions on your work?
The book has lots of emotion behind it with the concept of children missing loved ones who aren’t near. Do you hope that this book will help others find a way through when they miss people? Was this your intention when writing?
What did it feel like when you saw the illustrations?
What do you think has been the biggest thing you’ve learnt so far in writing for children?
What plans do you for what you are doing next?