Illustrated by Harriet Muncaster (super talented!!)
For ages 5+
It’s the first book club after the half term holiday and I couldn't wait to retrospectively celebrate Isadora Moon Day, which took place around the world on 18th February. We have been reading Harriet Muncaster’s best-selling Isadora Moon series in our household for many years now, and although my daughter is now 11, she will still read any new books I get as she’s a life long fan!!
In preparation for the book club this week I decided to take my entire shelf of Isadora Moon books with me, as I had no idea which ones the children had/hadn’t read as yet. I also had some super activity packs left over from a previous Isadora Moon Day, and also printed off some of the lovely FREE colouring-in sheets available from Muncaster’s own website. It felt like it was going to be a super sparkly fun book club!!
About the book
Once the children settled down and they had finished sharing their reading books with the group, and a few half term stories of course, I rummaged around in my huge pink bag for the book stack! Their eyes sparkled and there were audible gasps of excitement… the Isadora Moon books are always black, pink and white, often with glittery covers and so therefore it was obvious what we were going to be reading today. So cute!! The children were super fair at organising who had read what and there was a majority vote for ‘Isadora Moon Meets the Tooth Fairy’. I had anticipated this, because so many of them are losing their baby teeth at the moment, so I was rather pleased - and none of them had read it before. Win!
We don’t usually read a chapter book in book club, so I knew due to time restrictions we’d only probably make it through the first chapter. However, it was a joyful journey, I must say, because after almost every paragraph we had a talking point… Isadora had cereal for breakfast, what did you have? or Do you agree with Isadora’s fairy Mummy as to why the fairies need to collect teeth? or Would you frame your first tooth that falls out like Isadora’s vampire Daddy or would you rather it went to the Tooth Fairy? ... and it went on… until we ended up having a longer chat about what it’s like to go to the dentist. One child had NEVER been to the dentist (EEK!) and one was is going this weekend (PHEW!). All the children were chatty and engaged in the discussions, it was a very buzzy book club!!
Like this story, Harriet Muncaster, who is so very talented a creator both writing and illustrating this series, cleverly dedicates each Isadora Moon adventure to key childhood events: a first stage performance, going camping, the first day at school, a birthday and so on. The stories are highly illustrated, magical and perfect for young readers starting out with chapter books. Each book includes fun facts, quizzes and activities too.
Isadora Moon is a global success, from the UK to the rest of the world, with an obsessed fanbase who delight in dressing up as Isadora Moon or the magical Pink Rabbit. There’s even a cartoon series coming soon!! It’s all very exciting!! Harriet Muncaster has also created a couple of spin-off series: Mirabelle (Isadora Moon’s cousin) and Emerald. For readers who spent their early reading years with Isadora, but would love to continue reading Harriet Muncaster books, there is also the middle grade series, Victoria Stitch (also a top favourite of mine and my daughter’s). What can I say… Harriet Muncaster rocks!!
Here are a few pages from the book (the first two pages of Chapter One, and a subsequent page from later on in the story)...
Words + Illustrations © Harriet Muncaster
There are so many wonderful FREE Isadora Moon activities to download from Harriet Muncaster's own website you'll be spoilt for choice: https://harrietmuncaster.co.uk/resources
Available to download:
make your own mini Isadora Moon books
costume making guides
party planning guides
story writing guides
About the creator
Harriet Muncaster (author + illustrator)
Harriet Muncaster is the author and illustrator of the internationally bestselling Isadora Moon series of young reader books and the middle-grade Victoria Stitch series, both published by Oxford University Press. So far Isadora Moon is available in thirty-five different languages, including Spanish, Italian, Romanian and Korean, and is available as audio books. The Isadora Moon series won the El Corte Inglés Children’s Book of the Year in 2019and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Harriet lives with her husband and daughter near some beautiful countryside in Bedfordshire, England.
first visit to the dentist
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Publication date: 4 March 2021
There are many more Isadora Moon stories available in this super fun series to choose from. Here's the latest in the series:
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