Scarlett and the Scratchy Moon

Chris McKimmie

Scarlett and the Scratchy Moon
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Scarlett and the Scratchy Moon

Chris McKimmie

I can’t sleep. The moon is moving again. It’s so quiet outside ever since Holly and Sparky died.

Chris McKimmie’s words and pictures gently and honestly evoke the experience of loss and new life in this picture book about a child’s love for her pet dogs.


Scarlett can’t sleep again. The moon is scratching the sky, and she’s counting sheep called Daddy Neema, Mummy Neema and Baby Neema.

Scarlett is also sad because her pet dogs, Holly and Sparky, have died. But then a surprise comes to the door and the world seems new again.

Chris McKimmie is well known for his strange, metaphoric and utterly beautiful picture books, and this is no exception. There’s something new to discover upon each reading and a four-year-old will have an entirely different perspective on the story to an adult, which makes for an enjoyable experience for all.

Angela Crocombe is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings St Kilda.

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