Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess
By Janet Hill
Published by Tundra Books
Short on plot, but incredibly long on stunning pictures, Janet Hill’s Miss Moon is a series of object lessons for dogs, which work just as well for humans.
We’re told in the brief introduction that Miss Moon worked as a dog governess to 67 canines on an island just off the coast of France, where she developed extensive knowledge of how to live and be the best you that you can be. Each lesson is presented as a spread, with the lesson on one side (typically on a white background surrounded by an ornate border) and Hill’s phenomenal impressionistic oil paintings on the opposite. Populated by a few dozen perfectly rendered breeds with light anthropomorphic touches, Hill’s paintings have a carefully composed feel that brings to mind the work of film-maker Wes Anderson.
Miss Moon is a gorgeous book, and a fun one through which to flip, even if it might provide more smiles for adults than kids. (This book should be marketed hard to the canine-loving set.) Hopefully in the near future Hill will have the opportunity to lend her talents to something story-driven… The results of that would be marvelous.
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