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Little Moon Dog Hardcover – March 15, 2007

2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—Little Moon Dog happily snoozes by the Man in the Moon's side until a tourist bus filled with annoying winged visitors arrives for summer vacation. The Man in the Moon goes into hiding, but the pup gets curious about the vacationers' activities and slips out to investigate. When fairylike temptresses give him treats and a pair of his own wings, LMD becomes fascinated with his new friends and their mischievous behavior and goes with them when they leave. Eventually, the fairies tire of his company, begin to wreak havoc with the signs of spring, and chase him away. Little Moon Dog sits sadly alone with patched wings longing for home, while the Man in the Moon begins to give up hope of finding his companion. When he recognizes the canine's sad howl, he searches for him and they return home in a Rube Goldberg-like hot-air balloon. The following year, master and companion decide to go away when the visitors are expected. Dog and master are large-headed with expressive eyes and body language; the Man in the Moon is drawn as a bearded caretaker both of his companion and their environment. The cover art glistens with a pearlescent moon glow and similar soft-focus colors appear throughout, infusing the characters with an ethereal luster. The lessons of caring for our environment, false/true friendship, and that adventure is not as important as long-term love and understanding are all useful ways to use this story in the library or classroom.—Lynne Mattern, Robert Seaman School, Jericho, NY
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The English team behind The Tin Forest(2001) reaches for the moon with their latest title. But although this is as exquisitely illustrated as their previous collaborations, it lacks some storytelling magic. The book's protagonists are the Man in the Moon (a kindly old gent with wild hair) and his beloved, spotted mutt. Although the lunar landscape is rather desolate, fairy tourists arrive each year on an overloaded bus to disturb the peace. Somewhat predictably, fairies lure the dog away from the Old Man and take it to their planet, leaving the man rather desolate himself. Soon enough, the fairies lose interest in the dog, and the man retrieves it. Ward tells the story in lovely language, but the lesson about friendship is delivered with a heavy hand, and it doesn't help that some words are capitalized for emphasis. The last page points out: "There is nothing quite so NASTY as a fickle FAIRY and nothing quite so NICE as a faithful FRIEND." Fortunately, Anderson's delicately detailed pictures take children directly to another world. Abby Nolan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525477276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525477273
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,869,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is terrible. What a sad and pointless story. The whole thing is weird and mostly a downer. My wife said we don't have to keep it, we can just give it to someone else. Well I'd rather burn it. And I think burning books is horrible. But I would totally burn this terrible terrible book.
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Have you ever lost your dog? Have you ever looked everywhere for him, missed him, and taken drastic measures to get him home? Then you can probably relate to The Man in the Moon when his BEST friend, Little Moon Dog, runs away. (Wow, so reminiscent of a Reading Rainbow review.)

It's summer time on the moon, time for The Man in the Moon to lock his doors and tuck in to a season of reading because he wants absolutely nothing to do with the strange, summer, up-to-no-good, fickle fairy tourists that visit. Soon, however, Little Moon Dog gets a little bored, sneaks out to play, loses all track of time and finds himself whisked away back home with the STRANGE company. Unfortunately, Little Moon Dog is having too much fun on the nearby planet to notice that his new friends are starting grow tired of him, eventually leaving him to fend for himself. Meanwhile, The Man in the Moon searches high and low for his buddy and comes up with a plan, an adventure "for it was TIME to FIND his friend." Don't worry. Happy endings come bounding of the shady woods and Anderson's stunning artwork leads us HOME.

Although I should be ashamed of myself, I haven't ready any of this duo's other picture books (Tin Forest, Finding Christmas, The Dragon Machine), but if they're anywhere near as captivating as Little Moon Dog, I'm hooked. I adore Ward's whimsical word choices "rhumoonbarb" "seven shades of trouble" and I want to live in the soft glow of Anderson's whirligig-smashed-fairies artwork. This is one of those books where the story steeps in you and dances a bit with art (art, not just pictures) both delicious and charming.

(for Critique's Sake): I must admit I was drawn first by the pictures rather than the story.
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A beautiful and strange story about a dog who gets distracted by some superficial tourists to the point where he is abducted by them. Quirky pictures and inventive language are the highlights..
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