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Willoughby & the Moon Hardcover – May 4, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061547530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061547539
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—In this follow-up to Willoughby & the Lion (HarperCollins, 2009), Foley offers another stunning visual look into a child's imagination. This time, Willoughby struggles to go to sleep because the moon has disappeared and the night is too dark. Perplexed and a bit frightened, he sees a light coming from his closet and, inside, discovers the moon with a giant snail on it, looking for his lost silver ball. The search for the ball leads the duo through all the moon's nooks and crannies and eventually back to the security of Willoughby's own bed. In the tradition of Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955) and Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are (1963, both HarperCollins), this story wholeheartedly buys into a child's imagined world as an escape from an uncertain reality. But truly it is the illustrations that shine. The two-tone pictures layer black and silver ink in vibrant Pop-style line drawings over digital prints to transport readers into Willoughby's dark world, where he searches for light. The level of detail in the snail's map of the moon alone sets the book above most of its bedtime-story contemporaries. Foley's latest is a must-have addition to the canon of stories of little boys struggling to go to sleep.—Sarah Townsend, Norfolk Public Library, VA
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Foley’s follow-up to Willoughby & the Lion (2009) is every bit as luminous—and that’s meant literally. With blacks so absolute they shine, and silvers so shimmering they practically act as mirrors, the book is a visual dazzler. Willoughby wonders where the waning moon has gone to before discovering it inside of his closet, along with a giant snail that has lost his ball. Much of the book’s charm is that none of this weirdness is explained, and soon Willoughby is racing all over the moon on a search that ends in a serious game of snail-ball. Bizarre, idiosyncratic, and sure to be adored by the right kind of kid. Grades K-2. --Daniel Kraus

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Greg Foley, both his Bear series, (which I sincerely hope he gets back to really soon) and Willoughby. This book is stunning and is a great testament to the power of imagination. Once again, Mr. Foley beams us right into the essence of childhood with Willoughby's realization that the moon was in his closet. Where else would it be? Wasn't everything of interest and everything to be feared always in your closet? And snails on the moon? I had to laugh, because it's just perfect! Willoughby gets to roam around in a moon buggy, fly in a space pod, and discover secret caverns (of course full of friendly snails). All is well in the end as Willoughby ends up back in his bed secure in the knowledge that the moon never really disappears...

To say the illustrations here are luminous really doesn't do them justice. The blacks are the blacks of deepest space and the silvers are even brighter than the shiniest moon. I first read this book under a really bright light and had lots of trouble because the pictures are so reflective. The text remains easy to read even with all of this grayscale, with the exception of one page showing a map of the inside of the moon. Just a slight difficulty though. When read under a bit dimmer light, more of the shadows and levels of gray and silver are revealed, making this an absolutely perfect bedtime read.

While this may be considered an unconventional choice - let's face it, it doesn't look like anything else out there right now, it is a great achievement that I would encourage you to get and experience for yourself. I know this will appeal to many small adventurers who will look upon this story as confirmation of what they knew all along: All kinds of exciting things can be found in your closet, and just maybe there really are snails on the moon who love a good game of catch.
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By Marge Ramos on May 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Foley's Willoughby & the Moon is full of creative imagery and wonderful illustrations. It's a great bedtime story that will intrigue children and spark their imaginations. I'd definitely recommend this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cornpone Jones on February 7, 2013
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For realz....i's bin reedin' this ting to mah lil'man fo' like 3 weeks now. he kool wif it. he be bringin' gurlz home and aksin me to reed it to dem as well...an i be like...damn son..u gotz to learn them reedin' skill...you iz almost fo'teen.....
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