The Man in the Moon

Picture Books | September 6, 2011

byWilliam JoyceIllustratorWilliam Joyce

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In the first book of a multibook series, find out how a round, jolly baby became the great white hope of the Milky Way—and ringleader of the Guardians of Childhood.

Up there in the sky.
Don’t you see him?
No, not the moon.
The Man in the Moon.

He wasn’t always a man.
Nor was he always on the moon.

He was once a child.
Like you.

Until a battle,
a shooting star,
and a lost balloon
sent him on a quest.

Meet the very first guardian of childhood.
MiM, the Man in the Moon.

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In the first book of a multibook series, find out how a round, jolly baby became the great white hope of the Milky Way—and ringleader of the Guardians of Childhood.Up there in the sky. Don’t you see him? No, not the moon. The Man in the Moon. He wasn’t always a man. Nor was he always on the moon. He was once a child. Like you. Until...

Author and illustrator, William Joyce was born December 11, 1957. He attended Southern Methodist University. He has written and illustrated many award-winning picture books. His first published title was Tammy and the Gigantic Fish. His other titles include George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob, Santa Calls, The Leaf Men, A Day with Wilbur Robi...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:56 pages, 10 × 10 × 0.5 inPublished:September 6, 2011Publisher:Atheneum Books For Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442430419

ISBN - 13:9781442430419

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whimsiccal and Wonderful! Reason for Reading: I received this book unsolicited but it captured my fancy as soon as I saw it. This is an absolutely beautiful book. First of all it reminds me of a late 19th century picturebook with the lavish illustration, the text and the layout when looking at the endpages, the title page, the first page and so on. It has that old-time feel about it, but as one really starts looking the illustrations one recognizes the steampunk theme, the clockworks, the airships. Pure delight! In fact I'm not sure whether I enjoyed the pictures or the story most here. A whimsical story of how the man in the moon got to be there, what he does and how he gathered the guardians of childhood together. Starting with himself, the keeper of lost balloons and secret wishes, he also found Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and others who would protect children from Pitch the keeper of Nightmares. This is a book for all ages and just the beginning of a new series that will include picture and chapter books. This one must be bought in the 'tree' version though, you simply will not get the same aesthetic experience from an ereader!
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story! Lovely illustrations, and a wonderful story that soothed my 4 year old before bed. She was eager for me to read it to her again, and she tend s to be picky about her stories!
Date published: 2012-01-02

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