Book: The Night the Moon Ate My Room! by Jesse Wilsoncategories: Book, Dreams, Bullying, Moon, Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem, Fear, Friendship, Peer-Pressure, Creativity, Self-Awareness, Music, Orchestra, Children's Self-Discovery
Jesse Wilsonabout this book: "The Night the Moon Ate My Room!" is a companion piece to the motivational children's show that I have been performing across the country for the past several years. Releasing nationwide this month through Tate Publishing, in "The Night the Moon Ate My Room!" five stories are designed to help young readers experience the joy of self-discovery while facing the challenges of perfectionism.
After giving the worst violin recital of his life, and being laughed at by the entire school, Danny the Dreamer vows to never play music again. Later that night, when the moon swallows up his bedroom, it shares the secrets of being a true artist, helping Danny reclaim the confidence in his own dream.
A writer, performer, and teacher, I am a Juilliard graduate in theatre, and my background as a performer is grounded primarily in classical theatre. Much of what has shaped the stories, however, in "The Night the Moon Ate My Room!" are the experiences I've had working from the other side of the stage: the role of the teacher. This book pays homage to so many of my students throughout the years who struggle to find their voices. One of my greatest dreams for "The Night the Moon Ate My Room!" is to find a home in every classroom across the country, helping not only students learn to be "okay with themselves just as they are," but also for the teachers who can help them on their journeys.
This review of "The Night The Moon Ate My Room!" was written from an elementary teacher in Colorado. It confirmed for me entirely the path I am on as a writer, performer, and teacher... a "role" never to be taken lightly.
"As a teacher, I am always looking for books that I can add to my classroom library: treasures that my students can happen upon when book hunting that are enjoyable to read, which also strike a chord with them, perhaps even providing a lesson. Jesse Wilson's book, 'The Night the Moon Ate My Room,' creates an incredible connection for students with the main character, who overcomes challenges that all of them have, or will, face in their own lives."
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