Pelly and Mr. Harrison Visit the Moon
written and illustrated by Lindsay Ward
(Kane Miller) 2011 Publication date: March 1, 2011
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
Right before bedtime as she is brushing her teeth, Pelly sees something different in her bathroom. A rocket engine is connected to the end of the clawfoot bathtub. When Pelly steps into the tub, a steering wheel and two helmets crop up. Pelly asks her dog, Mr. Harrison (what a cool name for a dog!), where he would like to go. The dog doesn't hesitate and begins barking at the moon. As they explore the moon, a little alien greets them and takes our two space explorers to her house. The mom alien is making tasty moon pies and shares with the earthly visitors. Later, Pelly and Mr. Harrison's new friend shows them some of the best parts of living on the moon. Gravity leaping, star catching, and making s'moons by roasting marshmallows near the sun. Shortly afterwords, Pelly and Mr. Harrison head back to Earth and dream about their adventure. Meanwhile, the little alien notices "something peculiar" about her bathtub.
When I first started reading Pelly and Mr. Harrison to my kindergarten class, they immediately wanted to talk about how this was a work of fiction. This led to a discussion of the aspects of the book that made it fiction and what things were real. They also enjoyed making connections with the different activities, like making s'mores, of Pelly and the alien. Since this book has an open ending, it could be a jumping off point for a fun writing assignment. My prompt would be, "What will Pelly do with the alien when she travels to Earth?". The illustrations are pencil drawings with typed labels and a graph paper background which really appealed to my students. Pelly and Mr. Harrison Visit the Moon is a fun trip into space.