The Moon Robber (Magic Door Series)

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9780064421133: The Moon Robber (Magic Door Series)

One day, an earthquake rattles the town of Old Bridgeport. In The Magic Door Toy Shop, an old rusted door swings open. Surprised to see an unfamiliar room on the other side, Sarah, Michael, and Joey step through. As the door in the toy shop slams shut, the three children find themselves in Great Kettles, a mysterious land in another dimension.

Great Kettles is a magical place, filled with storybook characters such as the cow that jumped over the moon, the Sandman, and even Father Time himself. Yet all is not peaceful in this amazing world. Mogg the giant is stomping around, looking for something -- something important. But the trouble really begins when Mogg finds what he's looking for and does something that could destroy both Great Kettles and Old Bridgeport. It is up to the children, with the help of some new and some old friends, to stop the giant and find a way back home.

The Moon Robber is the first book in The Magic Door Series.

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After an earthquake unexpectedly rumbles through Old Bridgeport one day, pals Joey, Michael, and Sarah are amazed to see a rusted old door in the local toy shop swing open. Stepping through, they find themselves not only in another room (a mirror image of the shop they just left), but in another dimension. Here they encounter a cow practicing her moon jumps, a grumpy man in the moon, a cloud keeper (and peddler), and a giant who is afraid of the dark. If the night sky is ever to have light again, the children must stop the giant from hoarding--or even destroying--the moon!

The many fans of Dean Morrissey's Ship of Dreams, The Great Kettles: A Tale of Time, and other picture-book fantasies will be delighted to see this new title from the author/artist. It's the first book in the new Magic Door series, for which Morrissey teams up with well-known children's author Stephen Krensky. Although the story does not glow with originality or flow seamlessly to its conclusion, readers will enjoy the idea of the moon being a spaceship that needs constant maintenance, and chuckle over such amusing details as a flying quilted tugboat. The illustrations are the obvious draw here. Morrissey's vivid oil paintings (each shamelessly signed) seem to be the hook on which the entire book hangs. (Ages 7 to 11) --Emilie Coulter

About the Author:

Award-winning illustrator Dean Morrissey began his painting career in the 1970s. He always had story ideas for his paintings, and in 1990 he began writing and illustrating the highly successful children's book Ship of Dreams, a recipient of The New York Times, Best Illustrated Book Award in 1994. Infusing the pictures with texture, color, light, and weight, Dean Morrissey creates a compelling atmosphere for his stories.

Dean Morrissey lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with his wife and son.

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