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The Man in the Moon (The Guardians of Childhood) Hardcover – September 6, 2011
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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.”
The Guardians of Childhood
"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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book for my son, he loved it and we read it almost every night. Its a little sad, first time we (my son and I) read it we cried.Published 2 months ago by Janell Arce
I loved this book! Very imaginative and wonderful illustrations. I am searching other books by William Joyce. My boys loved when I read this with and accent.Published 6 months ago by T. Graham
A book that will send your child into beautiful dreams, and will always be asked for with a smile.Published 9 months ago by SJ
Five star approved by a seven year old! With each telling of the stories of the Guardian characters you realize a classic children's book can be written at any time and William... Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Bourne
Amazingly gorgeous illustration and great story! I love this book so much! To me it's a great art book with extra cool story! :DPublished 9 months ago by Natalia Vasconcellos
Beautiful illustrations and an interesting story. My children request this book often. It is a little dark, the man in the moon's parents were killed when he was a child.Published 10 months ago by Jennifer