The Great Moon Confusion by Richard Byrne

The Great Moon Confusion

Written by Richard Byrne
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The Great Moon Confusion by Richard Byrne

In the pine forest, there's a perplexing puzzle. The moon is getting smaller every day and Rabbit wants to know why. She asks her friend Aldrin, the raccoon. Although he doesn't have the answer to her question, Aldrin decides the issue needs a 'proper investigation'. And, because he's a bit of a know-it-all, over the course of the next few days, Aldrin dreams up a far-fetched explanation for the shrinking moon that points the finger of blame at two bumbling bears called Hubble and Lovell. In fact the bears turn out to be rather smart and it's thanks to them that the other animals learn their first fun lesson in astronomy. Join Aldrin and friends for a whodunit of astronomical proportions!


The story has a sense of mystery and comedy and it is informative too. * Libby Allman, The Best New Children's Books: Summer 2014 (in association with The Guardian) * An entertaining story' * Parents in Touch * The book is colourful, lively... * Janette Perkins, the School Librarian magazine * The book is colourful, lively... of facts about the moon and stars, and is also a moral tale about being boastful about knowing everything... may also cultivate an interest in astronomy. * The School Librarian *

About the Author

Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne in his own words:

"Born in a hospital. Brought up in Brighton. Learnt to colour-in in Eastbourne. Worked in graphic design. Worked in Brighton, London, Manchester and Yorkshire Hills. Worked for myself.

"Met Philippa somewhere along the way. Had two children. Had the mid-life crisis. Bought my first guitar. Got the urge to create a children's book. Got an agent. Got a book deal. Got another book deal."

Richard now lives in Chichester so that he can be closer to family, old friends, the coast, and the equator.

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32 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

1st May 2014



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