Thank you for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Harvey and the Moon Bus by Jill Stanton-Huxton as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for the invite to join the tour also to the author and publisher for my copy of the book. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
“Harvey is a grey cat with big green eyes and a long bushy tail, who loves wearing his favourite pair of blue dungarees. What a lovely sunny morning, Harvey thought, just the sort of day for an adventure.”
A beautifully-illustrated story about anthropomorphic animals who have a fantasy adventure together.
An underlying theme and moral message which is the importance of helping people.
A fantastical adventure story for children 5-7 years old.
Harvey sees his friends, Chester and Nelly, heading for the corner shop and boarding the Moon Bus, so he decides to join them. Harvey sits next to a grumpy grey rabbit. The Moon Bus takes off and flies through space and lands on the Moon and they all head off to The Moon Rock Sweet Emporium in Moon Crater Alley.
Harvey loses Chester and Nelly – so when he sees the grey rabbit heading for a nearby circus tent he decides to follow him, where he meets a small mouse called Gretel. But they only have 15 minutes to reach the Moon Bus before it leaves for the day!
Gretel tells him the magic mats on the Helter Skelter will take them to the Moon Bus really quickly. The magic mat flies over the cobbled streets towards a huge crater but Gretel falls out of Harvey’s pocket and starts plummeting to the ground. Harvey manages to grab her safely. As the Moon Bus is about to take off, Harvey uses the last of his three wishes to catch it and jumps on board.. They look out of the window and see the grey rabbit running along the runway after the Moon Bus… But will he catch it in time?
I love to sit and read with my children it’s one of the best times of the day so as we settled down to read a few chapters one evening before bedtime I wondered where this book would take us.
In Harvey and the Moon Bus we follow Harvey and his friends as they set off on quite an adventure! My son who’s six years old loves anything to do with space so I was sure that he would enjoy it. The book is aimed around his age range so I thought it would be nice for him to try reading some parts of the story himself. Although he prefers me to read at bedtime he did read a couple of sentences before letting me carry on for a bit and then he would take over again. I had planned on just reading one or two chapters however both of my children were enjoying the story so we ended up reading half of the book in one go!
The illustrations were a lovely addition and helped engage both of my children especially my little girl who’s four. They helped to split the text up nicely so that most of the pages didn’t look too overwhelming especially for a younger reader. There is a fun aspect to the story seeing this group of friends go on an adventure but there is also a message within the story too. Harvey and the Moon Bus is a magical story perfect for capturing your little ones imagination.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JILL STANTON-HUXTON grew up in Buckinghamshire and has a BA Honours Degree, a Diploma in Humanities and a Diploma in Literature & Creative Writing from the Open University. She has had non-fiction articles, short stories and poems published in magazines, local newspapers and online. Jill has been a volunteer judge on the BBC Radio 2 500 words competition for the last two years, marking stories in the 5-9 year range. She was also the winner of The Buckinghamshire Family History Society Alan Dell Memorial Award for 2013.
The idea for the characters in the book came from her own childhood and family pets. The inspiration for the book comes from our beautiful and charismatic Norwegian Forest Cat, Macavity. He is six years old now and has become a local celebrity in the neighbourhood,” says Jill. With so many of Macavity’s cat antics to choose from and the fact that I’m always making up stories in my head … it was only a matter of time before Harvey materialised
I plan on writing more books in the series … what adventures will Harvey and his friends go on next? Only time will tell,” says Jill. Harvey and the Moon Bus is the first in a planned series of Harvey books.
Twitter : @JMSTantonHuxton