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The Man in the Moon (Limited Edition) (The Guardians of Childhood) (edition 2011)

by William Joyce, William Joyce (Illustrator)

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Title:The Man in the Moon (Limited Edition) (The Guardians of Childhood)
Authors:William Joyce
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The Man in the Moon by William Joyce

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The first of Williams Joyce's Guardians of Childhood picture-book series - there is also a middle-grade novel series devoted to these characters, beginning with Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King - this engaging work of fantasy for younger children sets out the story of the eponymous Man in the Moon. Opening when MiM is still an infant, sailing the cosmos with his parents in their beautiful ship, The Moon Clipper, it chronicles his family's battle with the evil Pitch, King of Nightmares, which leaves him orphaned in space, on a vessel that will eventually become Earth's moon. Here MiM grows up, eventually discovering the children on the planet below, and founding an order of guardians to protect them.

The artwork in The Man in the Moon is just gorgeous! Joyce's use of color is inspired, and his lush paintings draw the reader into the fantastic world he has created in his story. With decorative endpapers depicting the folding up of The Moon Clipper, and beautiful interior illustrations - whether full-page, double-page, or inset on a page with text - this is a true visual treat! The story itself is also engaging, although I do wonder whether it would have been quite as appealing, without the beautiful illustrations. Recommended to anyone looking for fantasy narratives for younger children - perhaps those children not yet ready for the novels about the same set of characters - as well as to fans of Joyce's artwork. ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Apr 19, 2013 |
Knowing how long William Joyce worked on this book makes me want to like it more than I do, but it just doesn't overwhelm me. It's handsomely designed and some of the illustrations are stunning but the story leaves me unimpressed. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Gorgeous illustrations. We are looking forward to reading the chapter books in the Guardians series... ( )
  jenstrongin | Mar 31, 2013 |
Meh. Z thought the illustrations were great (especially the "map" on the back flap) but didn't love the story so much. Probably because it seemed phoned in, both in terms of language and plot. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 31, 2013 |
This is kind of a squeal to The sand man. It is about the man in the moons life and his journey to bring other guardians of childhood to earth. It is by the same man William Joyce so the pictures are awesome and it is long
  Laurenpearce | Mar 9, 2013 |
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When a newly orphaned baby in the moon makes friends with the children of Earth, he begins to shine as brightly as possible to ward off their fears.

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