Local Author & Illustrator Team Up for Bedtime Story “Cora & the Moon”

May 3, 2022

A curious girl takes a dreamy adventure to the moon in this soothing bedtime story.

When author Casey Bowers noticed his young daughter’s bedtime routine included looking at pictures of the moon while listening to French composer Claude Debussy’s 1890 piano piece, “Clair de lune,” an idea percolated, resulting in Bowers’s comforting Cora and the Moon, a whimsical and dreamy story about a young girl’s trip to the stars. 

In the story, it’s bedtime, and a glow falls over Cora’s room while she lay sleeping. Waking up, Cora looks out her window to see a gorgeous and bright moon and, stepping out onto a white fluffy cloud, she floats away in its moonlight. As she soars above mountains, cities, and plains, Cora comes face to face with the moon herself, who invites the girl to stay and play.

Alex M. Clark with a copy of Cora and the Moon from the shelves of the Pickerington Barnes & Noble.

When she leaves her fluffy cloud, Cora finds that the moon is a delightfully wondrous place filled with delicious treats to eat, fun merriment, and new friends just like Cora. But soon enough it’s time to go, and the sleepy girl leaves on her cloud, floating down to the blue ball that is earth, and finally, tired from her lunar adventure, finds herself in her warm and snug bed.

Bowers’s enchanting story featuring soft painterly illustrations by Alex M. Clark evokes a feeling of wonder and calm, just right to soothe sleepy children at bedtime or anytime. Reminiscing about his daughter’s sleep rituals, Bowers calls Cora and the Moon “a love letter to that time, a tribute to my daughter…for all the Coras of the world.”

If you would like more information about author Casey Bowers and Cora and the Moon and his other books including the picture book When I Grow Up, please contact info.whenigrowup@gmail.com or visit https://coraandthemoonbook.business.site/.

Cora and the Moon can be found wherever books are sold and on Amazon.

Alex is currently working on a new YA adventure graphic novel.

Look for the duo at upcoming central Ohio events including Pickerington Comic Fest (May 7th at the main branch of the Pickerington Library) and the Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show (June 11 at the Makoy Event Center in Hilliard).

Alex with author Casey Bowers visiting a local school with their previous children’s book, When I Grow Up published in 2018.