This picture book celebrates the exhilarating heights kids can reach when the rules of reality are stretched so far they snap! Join two completely innocent brothers as they find themselves “moonlighting” as heavy equipment operators 238,000 miles from home.
Moon Loader is near and dear to my heart. I wrote this story myself when my twin sons were in preschool. One of them was really into all things space and the other couldn't get enough of construction machines. We imagined how fun it would be to read a story that included both of their interests.
It's not industry standard to include your real children's names in the picture books you author, but their names are another reason I first sat down to write this story! We couldn't find any picture books with my son Ian's name in them (plenty of authors named Ian, though!) and so often we would be excited to read about a character named "Henry" only to find out that the Henry in the story was a dog or a bear.
I set out to write an adventurous tale of two brothers that each get a chance to live their dream moment. I don't know how many picture books we were reading a day at the time, but it was A LOT. Most of our favorites had a delicious rhythm to them so I knew my story would be written in verse.
I finished the original story and we read it together often, alongside our hardcover library books, scholastic books and many other stories from "real" authors. My boys loved it. Some friends read it, too. They insisted it should be published and offered really helpful feedback in the event that it ever did became a REAL book.
Over 7 years later, I finally got serious about publishing this fun story that is part of our family culture as well as so many sweet memories of mothering my boys when they were little. I am just thrilled with the illustrations Kelly Latham worked so hard to perfect. She brought this story to life and I'm forever grateful for her time and talent. She is an illustrator extraordinaire!