by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Roaring Brook Press, 2016
The nighttime illustrations of the coyote’s world draw in the readers—what will happen next?
In Coyote Moon we follow a mother coyote on her nightly hunt for food. Leaving behind her pups, the older ones on guard to protect the younger ones, she leaves behind the hidden den in the cemetery. She spots some live food and on the next spread we see her jump high in the air and pounce on her prey through a startling picture that may haunt the very youngest. She is not successful. Soon your eyes adjust to the nighttime darkness as she continues her stalking. Readers learn the kind of animals coyote seek and the kind of dangers that lurk for the coyote.
Back matter following the story tells how coyotes have come to live near people, even in large cities. A beautifully illustrated book that includes a “distant” interaction with a young girl.