When The Moon Comes

2018 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Winner
2017 Governor General's Literary Awards Finalist
2018 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award Finalist

Author: Paul Harbridge

Illustrated by: Matt James

In this atmospheric story, a group of kids play hockey on a frozen lake by moonlight. At once nostalgic and timely, this is a gorgeous book that will speak to readers young and old. The beaver flood has finally frozen–perfect ice, without a bump or a ripple. They wait, impatiently, for the right moment.

When The Moon Comes is steeped in tradition and nostalgia: for hockey, for childhood, for a simpler time. The beauty of the text is matched by the brilliant, rich illustrations that wonderfully capture the magic of a moonlit night in winter.

Released: Sept. 12, 2017 (Tundra Books/Penguin Random House)


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“Harbridge uses language to create a space where magic happens, providing an opportunity for extraordinary things to occur in an ordinary world. Acrylic paint and India ink illustrations in rich jewel tones evoke the frosty chill of deep winter nights and James’s choices in changing perspective stimulates interest. At times, readers are in the middle of the action, racing across the ice, while in other scenes they are small and gazing up at the omnipresent moon.”School Library Journal, September 2017

“The illustrations, with their burnished waning light, and the clipped-short narrative combine to create an atmosphere that for anyone who has experienced it will feel pitch-perfect.”Kirkus Reviews

“The text is perfectly complemented by the illustrations, which are as starkly beautiful as winter itself. Working in a community where hockey is pretty unfamiliar to most of my students, I’m looking forward to sharing this book with them!”Jessica, Goodreads

“…there’s no reason a children’s book can’t be romantic and soulful, and this little gem shows you why. A delightful find.”Bob Pop, Goodreads

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About the Illustrator: Matt James

Matt James is a painter, illustrator and musician. His books have won many prestigious awards including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the New Mexico Book Award and the Governor General’s Award for Illustration. Matt lives in Toronto.

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Additional information


Tundra Books, Penguin Random House




40 pages


Winner of the Muskoka Magazine Short Story Contest