GLEN ROCK, N.J. -- Author Ida Pearle gave Glen Rock children and their parents a chance to escape the rain Saturday morning and take a magical ride at The Curious Reader bookstore on Rock Road.
Pearle took the audience of about 20 people out of this world with her reading of "The Moon is Going to Addy's House."
Pearle sat surrounded by eager listeners in the back of the store as she went through her story, pausing to ask them to point to the moon in her book.
"Kids love creativity and energy," co-owner Jim Morgan said. "They come to a bookstore and see all the bright colors and all the books and they get very excited."
Pearle, who signed books afterward, shared their enthusiasm.
Like any child, she once said, the moon seemed to follow their car whenever her family went for rides.
Artwork is essential to the Manhattan native, the daughter of a painter and sound recordist: She cuts out silhouettes of her pictures and mounts them on the pages, making them seem to dance and play.
Parent Deborah Stewart said the event was a great fit for her 21-month-old son, Isaac.
"I think it was perfect for a rainy day to be able to get out of the rain and hear obviously a well-known book author here," Stewart said. "My kid is fascinated by the moon, so we thought it was perfect to give him that kind of experience."
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