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Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011: Twenty years in the making, William Joyce’s enchanting new picture book, The Man in the Moon, is worth the wait. In the first of his new Guardians of Childhood series, Joyce introduces the original guardian, MiM, the Man in the Moon. In glorious, colorful detail, readers are invited to imagine the Earth’s moon as a space age shipwreck, and the origin of bad dreams as the work of Pitch, King of the Nightmares. MiM’s fondest memories are of his devoted friend Nightlight, who sprinkled him with Dreamsand as an infant, and it is Nightlight who inspires MiM to become guardian to the hopes and dreams of all the children of Earth, but of course MiM will need help--from a toymaker, a fairy, a rabbit, and others like them. The Man in the Moon captures the wonder of childhood in a visual masterpiece that is to be treasured by readers of all ages. --Seira Wilson



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Balloons lost on earth often floated up to the moon, carrying the hopes and dreams of the children who lost them.

“As a baby, the Man in the Moon had everything a child could need.”

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"A fabulous recapturing of an old, real fairytale world. Dark. Mysterious. Stunning! " --MAURICE SENDAK, Caldecott-winning creator of Where the Wild Things Are

"William Joyce, to put it simply, is a genius, and we are lucky to have another book from him. The Man in the Moon is filled with tenderness, love, and enchantment. It's an unforgettable story that will leave readers wanting more...and luckily there IS more, because The Man in the Moon is just the first in the Guardian's of Childhood series, which will, I predict, take their rightful places in the hearts of children everywhere." --BRIAN SELZNICK, author/illustrator of the Caldecott-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret

"Each of William Joyce's books has been more beautifully painted, more magically imagined and more deliciously written than the one that came before. The Man in the Moon is the latest dazzling masterpiece, the one we Joyceans, young and old, have been pining for. It instantly became my children's favorite book." --MICHAEL CHABON, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Guardians of Childhood (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442430419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442430419
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A true luminary and creative spirit, William Joyce has put his personal stamp on children's media in every direction. His picture books include George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob and Santa Calls; he's won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series; developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug's Life; and his films include Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He's currently co-directing The Guardians for DREAMWORKS, and is producing The Leaf Men, based on his picturebook. He lives in Shreveport, LA, and is the founder of Moonbot Studios.

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What a fabulous, beautifully illustrated book that tells a unique story about the man in the moon. This is one of those books that reads like a movie you'd want to take your kids to see. I'm not sure what I was drawn more towards, the absolutely amazing artwork or the fantastic story.

Have you ever wondered who or what lived on the moon? William Joyce's debut The Man in The Moon not only introduces to the jolly man who lives there (nope I'm not talking Santa Claus), he'll also tell you how he got there. We're huge fans of the moon in our home, and I can say for certainty that next time we're looking up at the moon, we'll all be looking for the wonderful man in the moon, the guardian of children.

This book is a beautiful, creative story that will allow your children's imaginations to soar. I'm definitely not a kid, and this book appealed to my inner child. I thoroughly enjoyed being whisked away in this whimsical story. This is a book I'd highly recommend adding to your personal library collection or school libraries.
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We own hundreds of kid's books. This is hands down the most beautifully illustrated of them all. And what a very, very cool concept--the origin myth of the man on the moon? Awesome! This is a picture book, but it is very long and involved. Definitely for kiddos a little older. I bought this for my child, but honestly may just keep it for myself. It's amazing.
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I just picked this book up today on a whim and I have to say it's one of the most wonderful bedtime books I have ever read for my boys. The artwork wowed Us and the story comes to life as each page is turned. If You have kids or not , You need this on your bookshelf.
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Wonderful! My four-year old just adores this story and gets lost in all of the beautiful illustrations. We have been blessed with the birth of our son a little less than two weeks ago so I have had my hands full. Having story time with my son before bed has been a sacred little ritual we share and this book has been sublime for us both. I love how excited he gets to read the Man in the Moon and how he loves to retell the tale after we have finished. This book has elevated story time into a truely magical and imaginative experience. I can't say enough. This book, and "Oh, The Places You'll Go" are my all time favorites.
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I envy any child (or adult) for whom this new book is their first glimpse of the utterly charming, tender and visually luscious imagination that is William Joyce. The first week it came out I dashed home with my copy, I would have thrown rubies and diamonds at the cashier to possess any NEW book by Joyce! A NEW one! Yes, and it is everything I remember with such deep feeling as I had, and have, for his earlier George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob, A Day with Will Robinson, Santa Calls, The Leaf Men, and The World of William Joyce: a Scrapbook ('97).

Joyce was and remains an unusual storyteller, his vivid drawing and color notwithstanding, there is an almost startling simplicity to his writing, no artifice whatsoever, and the images literally create a complementary, even parallel, story which can be "read" by anyone, without language to get in the way. I found my first Joyce, like so many others, with George Shrinks, which I had brought home for my toddler, and found that I became proprietarial about it! No crayons or smudgy fingers for this book! From that time on I have bought two copies of each title I am able to get my hands on, one for the child (and now grandson) to peruse and make their own (literally) and one for me! Of all the stories he has published to date The Man in the Moon has brought me as close to tears as his lovely Leaf Men - which I still can't read without choking up.
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By Sage B. on September 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book at the bookstore what first caught me was the name of the book...The man in the moon. Once I opened the book the artwork took over me. It's beautiful. The story is amazing. I love everything about it. Upon showing it to two friends they said it reminded them a little of Steam Punk...which got me to thinking, this would be the perfect baby shower gift for my future niece/nephew due in March, since my brother is a huge fan of Steam Punk. Beautiful book!! Can't wait to see more of the series!!
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By P. Smith on October 20, 2011
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Bought this for my first-grader for this-coming Christmas and it arrived yesterday. I couldn't wait and read it right away. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and the story was amazing. It was a little scary with the Nightmare Prince, Pitch, but just scary enough to give it a great tone of adventure and excitement. I love the way the book seems to blend fairy tale and fantasy. The pleasant, protective images it leaves with children (and even some adults) is also wonderful.
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The book was beautiful. The storyline is incredibly creative, which is why I selected it in the first place. This entire series had been recommended to me as reading material for bedtime routine. We as a family love to read, but this series isn't for us. I may read them for myself as I think the themes are a little dark for small children. If your children aren't very sensitive and don't pick up on subtle clues then this book and the others will be great to read as they do have good winning over evil in the end, but my four year old had a hard time sleeping after figuring out that the baby's mom and dad were killed along with his guardian who gave up his life to save him, and thus the baby becomes the man in the moon.
I think we'll have to stick with some of the other lighter classics :)!
Once again though the book was not bad, just not for very sensitive children. The other series is quite dark as well.
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