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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
Other authors:William Joyce (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2011), Edition: Ltd Sgd, Hardcover, 56 pages
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Tags:fantasy, spaceships

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The Man in the Moon by William Joyce



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The Man in the Moon (The Guardians of Childhood) was about an otherworldly boy named Mim who finds himself marooned on his parents' ship (the moon) after they are taken away by the King of nightmares. He enlists the help of Earthly spirits (Santa, the tooth fairy, the sand man, the Easter bunny) to help him find a way to create light for the children of Earth to feel safe from the darkness.

This was an awesome book. The illustrations were amazingly creative. The story was a strange one, but very child-friendly, combining things that represent childhood (balloons, santa, tooth fairy, robots...) with things that are esoteric (lunar moths, space ships, the old concept of the man in the moon).

This would go well with a science activity in space studies. Children could write/draw/paint about the denizens of other planets. Older children could be assigned a dream diary to record their dreams.
  CallieHennessee | Jul 15, 2015 |
I love anything written by William Joyce, and "Man in the Moon" is no exception. The first thing I love about this book is the fantastical world that Joyce created with this series, and this book in particular. This book is the first in a series of all the traditional childhood fantasy characters. The blockbuster type story that this book uses is not one used very often used in children's books. Joyce was able to fit a novel's worth of action in a small children's book. Another thing that I liked about this book was the illustrations. They were done so well, and enhanced the story. They were created with software usually reserved for animated cartoons, but also had a hand drawn feel. For example, on one page there is a picture on Mim (the man in the moon) who looks like a cherub character out of a Pixar movie. On the next page there is a picture of Pitch Black (the boogeyman) drawn harshly with a charcoal medium. The contrast between images really completes the story. Finally, I love Joyce's writing. The vocabulary he uses pushes children, but does not overwhelm them. For example, words like "scuttle" and "plundering" but they are used in a context where it is understandable, and does not distract from the story. The big message in this book is that in good versus evil, good will always win. ( )
  cduke3 | Dec 4, 2014 |
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 |
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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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