Monday, December 5, 2011
The Man in the Moon
The Man in the Moon by William Joyce is Left Bank Books' holiday pick for Future Caldecott Winner.
This origin story is the first installment in the new Guardians of Childhood series. There will eventually be six picture books and a parallel series of six middle grade novels (starting with Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King) about a set of characters focused on protecting the children of Earth from the Nightmare King and his minions. The Man in the Moon is depicted as a child from another world, traveling the universe with his parents. He is stranded on Earth's moon after an attack from the Nightmare King, and, under the protection of a set of mystical creatures, he sets his sights on curing Earth kids of their bad dreams. The writing is more dense than most picture books, making it suitable for ages approaching middle grade, or perhaps good for siblings with a bit of an age gap to read together. The illustrations are lush and detailed, pulling you into a thorough examination of each one. Everything from sweeping moonscapes to spaceship schematics are rendering with extraordinary care. These pictorials harken back to classic picture books of the ages. This one can be passed down through generations.
The Man in the Moon is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers and retails for $17.99. I got my copy by picking it up from the shelves for a few minutes. You can get yours a Left Bank Books today!