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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers; 1st ed edition (August 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385327927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385327923
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,004,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A young birthday boy, falling asleep in sight of his new crystal globe from Grandma, takes a magical night flight over New York City. Casting his fishing rod at the globe-become-moon, the boy sails out into the sky, into a surreal world where stone lions yawn on the steps on New York's public library, flying cowboys lasso faded stars from the sky, and enchanted ladies float and dance over a wide avenue. All the friendly, dream-like people offer encouraging words--"You're just in time," "You're almost there"--but the moon lifts him away before he ever gets an answer to his many questions. The hints get broader as the evening wears on, and the party that awaits him on the Statue of Liberty is not so much a surprise as a joyful reunion with all his new friends... and his beloved grandmother.

Like David Wiesner's wordless Sector 7, Tuesday, and Free Fall, illustrator Brian Wilcox's surreal, fanciful landscapes are implied from dizzying perspectives, allowing the mesmerized reader to become lost in the gray tones of his pencil drawings. Coauthors Wilcox and Lawrence David create a dreamy picture book sure to inspire imaginative flights of fancy in readers of all ages. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

For Wilcox's first outing, a picture book done entirely in pencil, he teams with David (Beetle Boy), and the adventure unfolds on a big stage. A boy receives a magic globe from his grandmother as a birthday gift, and Wilcox visually suggests its transformation into the moon in the sky; he then asks the moon to carry him to his grandmother. He drifts through surreal landscapes in which his toys, now large as life, zip and zoom past St. Patrick's Cathedral and through Central Park, gradually revealing Grandma's home as Manhattan. A series of unanswered questions (" `You're almost there,' a man told me. `Almost where?' I asked. But the moon lifted me away before I got an answer") hint at a surprise birthday party on top of the Statue of Liberty and a reunion with Grandma. The spreads of nighttime New York teem with life tightrope artists teeter high above the streets, water towers launch off rooftops, the public library's lions yawn and stretch but, unfortunately, the details, all in shades of gray, sometimes appear muddied. The nameless narrator seems a little indistinct, too. The city itself is the real star of the story, and Wilcox successfully brings its grandeur and allure to life. All ages.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on August 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"For my birthday, Grandma sent me a crystal globe of the city where she lives. "If you look carefully, maybe you can see me," she wrote. Late that night, I woke to find a full moon glowing in a starry sky. "To Grandma's," I shouted." So begins a young boy's magical adventure as he hitches himself to the moon and travels over the skyline of Manhattan, past the spires of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Central Park and the zoo, the Chrysler Building and other skyscrapers and the New York Public Library with its enormous (yawning) lions. On the way he meets dancers, tighrope walkers, talking animals, cowboys, circus performers and other enchanting characters floating through the air, all on their way to join him for a birthday bash at the Statue of Liberty where he finds Grandma atop an elephant leading the celebration. "Happy birthday," she whispered in my ear. "Have a good night's rest." She gave me a wink and a blink, and I quickly fell asleep."..... Brian Wilcox and Lawrence David have authored a creative and innovative picture book full of imagery and adventure. The simple, quiet, understated text is beautifully complemented by Mr Wilcox's magical and expressive pencil illustrations, done in only soothing shades of black, white and gray and youngsters will enjoy poring over all the wonderful city details in each picture. Perfect for children 4-8, Full Moon is an evocative bedtime story and a special journey you don't want to miss.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Aquino on September 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My seven and four year old children enjoy reading this book at bedtime. We live far away from my kids grandmothers and this book keeps their grandmothers' presence alive in their daily lives. We visited New York City this summer and Brian Wilcox' creative interpretation of America's most vibrant city is truly a delight for their young minds.
In the wake of the World Trade Center disaster last September 11, I couldn't think of a more appropriate children's book to showcase New York City.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Cristiano on September 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Full Moon is a different enrty in the vast field of children's books. Black and white pencil drawing force the reader's mind to come alive as a vivid yet simple story is told that every child can relate to. Each page of Brian Wilcox's Full moon is a work of art sure to capture the rapt attention of any child with whom you share this short story. For a first work, Wilcox has a sure winner. I bought this book for my two-year old god-son and plan to buy several more for my nieces and nephews this Christmas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations are full of incredible detail such that you discover something new each time you read it. The story line is reminiscent for any grandmother that influenced a grandchild during the child's lifetime.
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A young boy searches for a lost grandmother as he's transported on a magic journey through nighttime New York City. A magic crystal globe transports him in this beautiful story, which holds black and white illustrations by Wilcox throughout.
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