The Moonling

An over-the-moon about earth picture storybook, like no other. Out 2021


An over-the-moon about earth picture storybook, like no other.

The 1st edition of The Moonling is currently sold out! – A special thank you to each and every one for your support. We are planning a very special 2nd edition of The Moonling – See here

Dedicated to

Our late Oma
Beate Lehmacher Snr
This rendering of her idea.

To all the children
who will inherit this world and
make it a much better place.


A Moonling longing for the earth and a ten-year-old Earthling named Karl, wanting nothing more than to explore the moon and the stars…

By a happy chance, these two kindred beings find each other, as well as a sense of awe for life around them. But the more the Moonling sees of this green and blue planet the more homesick he gets. To him, it is clear that the earth is far more beautiful from far away… As their friendship grows, so do the questions. And as Karl figures out a plan to get the Moonling back to the moon, one has to wonder: Is it possible for a little creature of stone, to awaken in hearts of flesh, a love for this place we call home?

Written by
Tjaart Lehmacher & Paula Oelofsen

Dioramas by
Tjaart & Daniel Lehmacher (father & son)

It’s our hope that

when parents read The Moonling with their kids that it would spark conversation.

Compared to the first half, the story of The Moonling grows increasingly heavier in the second half, and when the Moonling discovers that the earth is actually far more beautiful from far away due to man’s greed and destructive nature we hope that the young reader will also become conscious of this fact and, that this will confidently lead to some important questions being asked by the child. It’s more crucial than ever that parents talk to their kids TRUTHFULLY about the earth’s prognosis, our broken systems, and fossil fuel politics because we need to raise active, community-minded, and environmentally-aware children and not just cultivate another generation of mindless buyers and sellers.

Opening up to your child might be easier than you think because, most children intuitively know right from wrong, kids’ built-in moral compass detects and rejects injustice, unlike tainted grownups.


Children’s Science Fiction

English (UK)
Afrikaans (translated by Antjie Krog)

21 cm x 29,7 cm
44 pages, full colour

Hardcover (2nd edition) – ISBN: TBA
Hardeband (2de uitgawe) – ISBN: TBA
Kindle eBook (2nd edition) – ASIN: TBA

Launch Date
2021. Watch This Space.

Copyright © 2017-2021
Tjaart & Daniel Lehmacher

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