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Moonpowder Hardcover – May 27, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423100115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423100119
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

I love books. The fact that I get to make books for a living still thrills me everyday. I write and illustrate picture books and novels for children as well as illustrate books for older readers. Many of my books have received prestigious awards including my New York Times Bestselling book, BLACKOUT which received the Caldecott Honor. I am also the illustrator for Rick Riordan's blockbuster series' Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus.
I didn't always make books. Before embarking on full time work as an author/illustrator I worked as an art director in the entertainment business. Movies, television, theme parks and museums were my canvas. It was great work and I enjoyed every minute of it, but...
Did I tell you I love books?

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We read it out loud almost nightly to our son.
Jessica Garrison
I was drawn to the beautiful Steampunk/Jules Verne-inspired illustrations.
Ce
My students love this book and I've bought 2 other copies for gifts.
pirateteacher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 7, 2012
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My six year old son learned about this book when one of his teachers brought a copy to school. He instantly identified with the protagonist who is a "fixer of all things fixable." My son happens to be a "breaker of all things breakable." Okay so anyway: he loved the book so I bought a copy for him to share with his younger brother. The story and artwork are first rate. My kids want to hear this book at story time a lot. Both my kids like to take turns reading it. I highly recommend it. Ours happens to be a hardback which, while a bit large, really does good justice to the amazing illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DaddyRead.com on November 11, 2008
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A young boy loves to tinker, invent, and fix things. Unfortunately, for the past couple of months he has been having a nightmare. The main story is a fantastic adventure, but on the last page, you see the true reason for the nightmares. The pictures are amazing and creative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Park on October 3, 2008
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This is a great bedtime book, being about finding a way for a boy to get his dreams back with the help of Mr. Moon. Beautifully illustrated. This is one of my favorites to read to my toddler.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Fenwick on July 22, 2008
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John Rocco's illustrations are unique. I loved "Wolf! Wolf!" and looked forward eagerly to this new book. Although he has taken a different artistic approach, the illustrations in "Moon Powder" are just as wonderful. While I am an adult collector, I believe children would also love Rocco's unique style. Adults will appreciate the visual references to W.W. II, but kids don't need to recognize those references to enjoy young Eli's amazing adventure. The messages about childhood insecurities and determination are layered beneath a great modern tale for kids, with illustrations that just might make them ignore video images and exercise their own imaginations for awhile.
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This is such a sweet book. It would be a wonderful gift for someone with a Dad or Mom serving overseas. I read it to my 2nd grade class and they loved it!
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By kc on September 11, 2013
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this book is great. beautiful illustration. wears really slowly, and adds to the feel, so getting a used version is a good idea.
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By Ladybug on July 30, 2013
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Imagination, illustrations, and feelings just begin to describe John Rocco's wonderful book Moonpowder. My grandson and I read it together which was a delight since he is 5 and sometimes experiences the childhood terrors of an occasional bad dream. We lost ourselves in the pictures and words which left us happy and peaceful upon ending. Can't wait to read more John Rocco books with my grandkids!
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