Young Eli, a Mr. Fix-It, stays up late tinkering so he won’t have any more bad dreams. One night, a huge, golden, pock-marked moon sticks its head in the window and proclaims the problem is Moonpowder. Eli isn’t getting enough of the magical marvel, which brings sweet dreams. The factory has been on the blink lately, and Mr. Moon thinks Eli can fix it. Eli’s foray to the factory in his helio-rocket-copter provides ample opportunity for Rocco’s fabulous artwork. His inventive paintings, done in deep, rich colors of night and tinged with gold, are used in spreads, panels, and full pages. The mechanical “gizbots” inside the factory, adjusting valves and dials, along with the intricate hand drawings of the factory’s inner workings, will keep children, especially the mechanically inclined, totally fascinated. Although the story may not have quite as much magic as the artwork, the ending, which brings Eli’s soldier father home, is sweet and satisfying. This will sustain many readings. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper
About the Author
John Rocco is the author and illustrator ofWolf! Wolf!
and the illustrator ofAlice
, by Whoopi Goldberg. He earned his degrees from RISD and The School of the Visual Arts and worked for several years in L.A on such projects as Shrek (as Pre-Production Art Director) and at the Disneyquest theme park. He was the winner of the SCBWI New York Showcase in 2004 and again in 2007. John now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.