by Ángel Velazco
Bell Caribbean, 2015
Summer Reading Challenge,
Featured Title Award,
roosters wake up the sun, but
who wakes up the moon?
rooster knows just what to
is, people don't appreciate his
What do they
do? Chase him away! Poor Moon
scared he can't crow, and now
the moon won't rise.
Can a little
help from his friends set things
Cualquier gallo puede
hacer salir el sol,
¿pero cuál puede hacer
salir la luna?
Un gallo muy especial
sabe exactamente cómo hacerla
salir con su quiquiriquí. El
problema es que la gente no
aprecia su canto nocturno.
Y qué quieren hacer?
¡Sacarlo del pueblo! Pobre Gallo
Tan asustado está que
ya no puede cantar, y la luna no
¿Podrán sus amigos
ayudarlo a resolver la
A little about the book:
Moon Rooster was first
published in hard cover by
Cavendish in 2001, with
illustrations and asides by Megan
Halsey. Now, thanks to Mario
Picayo of Little Bell Caribbean,
the story is available again as a
paperback bilingual edition with
brand new illustrations.
The popular Cuban artist, Ángel
Velazco, captures Moon Rooster's
many moods, from pride to pathos,
and surrounds him with an engaging
cast of characters––chickens, more
roosters, a collection of
Caribbean critters, and lively
humans, too––in the first
contemporary North American
picture book to be illustrated by
a Cuban artist living in Cuba! A
new day is dawning, and that's
something to crow about.
is a personal favorite, based on a
real live cock-a-doodle doo that
keeps me up during the full moon.
who thinks roosters crow only in the
morning, t'aint so! Awakened one
night by a loud Caribbean rooster,
David came up with our hero, and
here are the words to his song which
you can also hear on our CD. Don't
forget to flap your wings when you
sing along. Feel free to
add to the barnyard cacophony!
night I crow and crow.
make the moon rise up and go.
doo, cock-a-doodle doo.
comes the moon for me and you.
bring up the moon with a
knows what I can do.
my wings, puff out my chest.
to the east, crow to the west.
comes the moon, shining bright.
help the moon stay up all night.
your wings and cock-a-doodle
can crow the way I do.
more! A new verse in Spanish:
allá y cantamos aquí.
la noche, quiquiriquí.
the whole night through.
Rooster is a fun
read--for adults who can appreciate
the irony of the dumb doodledoo who
thinks he's such a hero, and for
youngsters who'll just enjoy it on
literal terms." St.
"An insomniac rooster crows up the
moon so it won't be so dark....The
humorous, tongue-in-cheek tone of the
telling and the original song at the
end encourage audiences to help sing
the story and make this a strong entry
for story times." School