About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, April 11, 2022

The Moon in the Sky: Poems Your Kids Would Have Written by Bruce Shutts Review, Author Interview, & Giveaway with iRead Book Tours

Join Us for this Tour:  March 21 to April 15, 2022
Book Details:

Book Title"The Moon in the Sky" Poems Your Kids Would Have Written (If Only They Could Write) by Bruce Shutts
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 34 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
PublisherStinson Books
Release date:   December 25, 2021
Formats Available for Review: print- softback (USA only)
Tour dates: March 21 to April 15, 2022
Content Rating:  G - Children's Fiction for Ages 3-7
Book Description:

Children have the power to turn simple everyday tasks into moments of intrigue and laughter.

Delight in thirteen whimsical poems that capture the simple honesty of everyday childhood activities written from the perspective of three-to-six-year-olds.

From getting dressed, eating snacks, or having stinky feet, you and your child will recognize yourself in these poems.

​Crafted to make you laugh, smile, and build memories with your kids.


Bright colors, fun illustrations, and poems that make you laugh out loud...this is a book that children will absolutely love! Bruce Shutts knows what appeals to kids and it's all here in The Moon in the Sky. Getting dressed, going to the bathroom, getting boo-boos, having stinky feet, and taking a bath are just a few of the topics that are discussed by this father/grandfather who clearly understands how children think and feel. Kids will adore that there's a poem about 'Picking My Nose', and all of us adults can relate to the constant questions that are mentioned in 'How Come'?

 How come I have to go to bed, 
When I just want to play? 
How come I have to clean my room? 
I did it yesterday!
I guess I'll have to the things
That Mom and Dad both say. 
And I won't ask "How come" again;
(At least no more today!)

Witty poems and clever illustrations make this a wonderful book for adults and children to read together, and it would also be a great addition to a preschool through first-grade classroom. Kudos to author Bruce Schutts and illustrator Amy Wummer!

I received a copy of this book from the author via iRead Book Tours. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author Interview

Bruce Shutts has graciously agreed to answer some questions for us today! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Mr. Shutts!

My first questions is, "In your mind, what makes a good picture book?

    I think there are three main things. First you need wonderful illustrations since, children are always focused on the pictures while they are hearing the words. Secondly you need to appeal to the child’s sense of imagination which, at a young age, is almost infinite! Finally, I actually think you need to appeal to the parent who must appreciate the book as being clever, adorable and meaningful for their child.

You wrote your book in rhyme. Why did you choose this over simple prose? 

    I have always loved writing whimsical poems for all occasions. If done right, rhyming is fun to read and adds a sing-song feel to the stories. Parents appreciate the cleverness of a good rhyme and it helps children memorize the words. However, limiting yourself to a three-to-six-year-old’s vocabulary can be a challenge.

Where did the title “The Moon in the Sky” come from?

    I mention in the book that my wife, along with her mom, wrote a poem about the moon when she was in second grade. It was passed down through our kids and grandkids. Though my book has nothing to do with the moon, I was always going to title it in honor of that poem that started it all.

Would you have any advice for first time authors?

    In most cases first time authors may very well be one-time authors. That is usually by choice, since their project is one of passion and not necessarily to make a career out of it. In that case, I would say to make it the best you can. It is easy to get a book in print, but hopefully that is not the main goal. It is better to create something you can always be proud of. 

What has been the most rewarding aspect of writing your book?

    Whenever someone sends me a photo of their child or grandchild sitting on their lap totally engrossed in the book, it makes my day. That is what I love to do and why I wrote “The Moon in the Sky”

Meet the Author:

Bruce Shutts has spent countless hours reading children’s picture books to his three children and five grandchildren over the past forty years. He also loves to create humorous poems for nearly every occasion he can imagine. Coupled with the fact that he often thinks and acts like a three-to-six-year-old, it makes his entrance into the world of children’s books a natural fit. He currently is retired with his wife of forty-five years and loves to travel, play golf, and (you guessed it) read books at night to his grandkids! 

connect to the author: goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Mar 21 -
Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Mar 21 – Kam's Place – book review
Mar 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Mar 22 - Over Coffee Conversations – book spotlight / author interview
Mar 23 – Bizwings Blog – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 24 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 25 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 28 – Books for Books – book review
Mar 29 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 30 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Mar 31 – Triquetra Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
April 1 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
April 4 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
April 5 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
April 6 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
April 6 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
April 7 – Library Lady's Kid Lit – book review / giveaway
April 8 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
April 8 - Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
April 11 – Older & Smarter? – book review / author interview / giveaway
April 12 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
April 12 - Ravenz Reviewz – book review / giveaway
April 13 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
April 14 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
April 15 - Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway 
Enter the Giveaway:

THE MOON IN THE SKY Book Tour Giveaway



1 comment:

  1. Connie,
    Thanks so much for the kind review and your support in posting "The Moon in the Sky" It was a pleasure to write and, so far, the kids seem to love it.
    Bruce Shutts