Guest Post: Looking Within by Jesse Wilson

The Night the Moon Ate My Room Blog Tour

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the night the moon ate my roomKid Lit Reviews is pleased to have Mr. Jesse Wilson, author, teacher, and performer. Jesse is a motivational performer and teacher who presents his 50-minute one-man educational “The Night the Moon Ate My Room! for elementary students around the country, drawing high praise.  Jesse created The Night the Moon Ate My Room with the support of The Kennedy Center’s Imagination Celebration and Pikes Peak Library District.  Jesse also teaches theatre and music at the Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning, and The Colorado Springs Conservatory.  A graduate of the LA High School for the Performing Arts and Juilliard School in New York, Jesse’s children’s book, The Night the Moon Ate Mu Room will be reviewed here at Kid Lit Reviews on Friday, January 18, 2013.

Please welcome author and performer Jesse Wilson and his guest post entitled Looking Within.

Looking Within

Our human potential, although vast and often largely untapped, tends to be limited by our own perception and self image. This is the key concept which is conveyed in the majority of the interactions that I have with students whether they are in kindergarten or the eighth grade, and especially the main intent behind my recently published children’s book, “The Night the Moon Ate My Room!” For the adult, this idea may be an easy one to grasp, but in order for children to assimilate this message it requires someone who can truly “carry the message,” without paying lip service to the idea, someone who can stretch the imagination while at the same time engage the child with activities that he or she can relate to.

The teacher is one who encourages their students to discover the wondrous world of possibilities that lie within each of us, and if that idea of “looking within” is supported on the homefront, then it’s a bonus! Rather than focusing on some distant external desire, we are guided by our own “inside voices” to look within and discover our true treasure.

Intended for an area of focus in “character development” for my third grade students, I created this story, “The Smudge,” to be used as a frame of reference on “identity.” The story is now featured in “The Night the Moon Ate My Room!”  The story’s protagonist, The Smudge, sees itself as nothing more than an “ugly smoosh of nothingness”, while in reality it is actually the entire Milky Way. The Smudge has spent its whole existence alone in the solar system gazing longingly at other distant galaxies. Other distant galaxies has become the primary object of its fascination and jealousy.

So obsessed with longing and envy, The Smudge cries and sighs, endlessly comparing its ugly self to the gorgeous appearance and perfection of the other galaxies– their magnificent shapes and colors– until the day that it is able to discover, with the help of an unexpected friend, what it actually is and what has been contained within itself all along. That unexpected friend is another planet… inside The Smudge. There are, in fact, millions of planets inside The Smudge.

To continue reading this guest post, an excerpt from The Night the Moon Ate My Room, please click HERE!


If you would like to learn more about Jesse Wilson, use the links below. The Night the Moon Ate My Room will be reviewed on Friday, January 18, 2013.  On that date and after, the review can be read by clicking HERE!

Jesse Wilson’s website:

Jesse’s book: 

Trailer for The Night the Moon Ate My Room: CLICK HERE!

Video of Jesse Wilson performing for a group of young children:

Exderpt from Jesse’s new book:  CLICK HERE!



6 thoughts on “Guest Post: Looking Within by Jesse Wilson

  1. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written much better! Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept talking about this. I’ll send this post to him.
    Fairly certain he’s going to have a good read. Thank you for sharing!


  2. Thanks for your wonderful post Sue, and for being part of the tour! Jesse’s guest post leads into the excerpt you’ve linked to at the bottom titled “The Smudge”. Follow the tour for chances to win an ecopy (at each stop), and the grand prize — a signed copy of the book along with an 11″ x 15″ custom illustration by Jesse!

    I look forward to your review. Thanks again!


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    • I agree. There is nothing worse than a teacher who doesn’t know the subject or doesn’t like their job.
      Now great teachers are the awesome-istic, fantabulistic, and just the best teachers no matter the grade. I wish schools still had music and art programs. Those one two of the most enjoyable classes for me in middle school.


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