The Man in the Moon, Hardback Book

The Man in the Moon Hardback

Illustrated by William Joyce

Part of the The Guardians of Childhood series

4.5 out of 5 (14 ratings)


In the first book of a multibook series, find out how a round, jolly baby became the great white hope of the Milky Way-and ringleader of the Guardians of Childhood.Up there in the sky.

Don't you see him? No, not the moon. The Man in the Moon. He wasn't always a man. Nor was he always on the moon. He was once a child. Like you. Until a battle, a shooting star, and a lost balloon sent him on a quest. Meet the very first guardian of childhood. MiM, the Man in the Moon.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 56 pages, f-c jkt (spcl fx: foil stamp, emboss on title; matte laml)+int. (digital)
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Traditional
  • ISBN: 9781442430419



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Charming. That's the simplest, most appropriate word to describe <i>The Man in the Moon</i>, the first offering from William Joyce and his <i>The Guardians of Childhood</i> series of picture books and chapter books. It's a simple little story about how MiM, the Man in the Moon, came to live in the moon. I could really make this review all spoilery, but since the book is so short (it is a picture book, after all), I'll just leave it at impressions. Joyce creates a world for MiM that is both beautiful and slightly dark, breathing new life into some of our favorite early childhood fairy tales (here's a hint: the next book that will be available is a chapter book titled <i>Nicholas St. North</i>). Joyce's art has its usual flair and distinctive look, and it really adds to the overall feel of the story. I'm glad that I picked this up and will be looking forward to the rest of the series!I know this is a short review, but really, you should just pick up <i>The Man in the Moon</i> and discover its joy for yourself.

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Reason for Reading: I received this book unsolicited but it captured my fancy as soon as I saw it.This is an absolutely beautiful book. First of all it reminds me of a late 19th century picturebook with the lavish illustration, the text and the layout when looking at the endpages, the title page, the first page and so on. It has that old-time feel about it, but as one really starts looking the illustrations one recognizes the steampunk theme, the clockworks, the airships. Pure delight! In fact I'm not sure whether I enjoyed the pictures or the story most here. A whimsical story of how the man in the moon got to be there, what he does and how he gathered the guardians of childhood together. Starting with himself, the keeper of lost balloons and secret wishes, he also found Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and others who would protect children from Pitch the keeper of Nightmares. This is a book for all ages and just the beginning of a new series that will include picture and chapter books. This one must be bought in the 'tree' version though, you simply will not get the same aesthetic experience from an ereader!

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MiM is fortunate that he has Nightlight to watch and protect him from the evil Pitch after his parents are captured while sailing towards Earth on their ship, the Moon Clipper. After the Clipper turns into the Earths moon, the MiM grows into a smart man who takes the position of Man in the Moon. Awesome Illustrations and a tragic story with a heart warming ending.

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Beautiful artwork, and the story almost brought a tear to my eye. I'm looking forward to experiencing the rest of the series.

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MiM wants to help the children afraid of the dark. Colorful, interesting, imaginative characters. wordy.

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