REVIEW: Over the Moon by Jodi Picoult


Master storyteller and bestselling author Jodi Picoult teams up with Jake van Leer and Ellen Wilber to bring you an original musical, sure to breathe life into any middle-school and high school drama curriculum. Part Shakespearean comedy and part Fractured Fairy Tales, Over the Moon is all fun. Narrated by a cross-dressing Hairy Godmother (no, that’s not a typo), the story begins when Luna (the moon) descends to a small town on earth disguised as a boy, and sets out to help humans find love. But Luna herself falls in love with Prince Jack... who’s in love with Felicity... who has fallen for Luna. On the way to happily ever after are a steady stream of clever puns and topical jokes about American Idol, universal health care, Bernie Madoff, and just about every fairy tale creature you’ve ever heard of! With nineteen original hum-worthy songs and plenty of spots to tailor the play to any city or town, Over the Moon is the perfect choice for every school looking to perform an energetic show that’s fresh, funny, and timeless.

About the Author

JODI PICOULT is the author of seventeen novels, including Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper, now a major motion picture. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at www.jodipicoult.com.


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Original edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442421320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442421325


I could just imagine how much fun this musical would be to see preformed by the local school.  It hits fairy tales with female empowerment through an athletic princess who is trying to follow "The Rules" to catch her prince and guest appearances from all of your favorite Mother Goose characters.  There are some great double entredres that might fly over the heads of younger kids, but will keep the adults in their seats. 
The commentary on the current social situation and pointed jabs at politics will keep everyone on their toes waiting to hear the next almost groan worthy joke, well, the adults might groan, but the kids will be rolling in the aisles. 


  1. I didn't realize this one was out already! I can't wait to read it!

  2. That's interesting, I had no idea Picoult was involved with something like this.


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