Christopher King Boy Who Ate the Moon

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Boy Who Ate the Moon

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After eating the moon, a boy takes a strange journey.

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PreSchool-Grade 1 In this overwritten picture book fantasy, a boy tries to rescue the moon, ``a silver cookie covered with sugar dust,'' from the grips of Grandaddy Maple. Animals warn not to do it, but he persists. When he reaches the moon, he finds the moon sugar to be irresistible and devours the entire sphere. Filled with moon magic, he begins a mystical flight, waking in the arms of his father. Saccharine sentimentality overwhelms this fantasy, which is not smoothly written, believably presented, or a very interesting adventure. Failed attempts at poetic prose (``mountains with peaks as sharp as spider's teeth''), frequent cliches (the boy balances on a tree branch ``like a tightrope walker''), and the irritating anthropomorphism (Grandaddy Maple, Daddy Raccoon) are an insult to readers. The pastel watercolors meet somewhat higher standards than the text, using swirling color to create a sense of dreamy mysticism. However, like the text, the illustrations are a little too sweet and forced to be truly effective. With so many dream fantasies available, this one isn't worth consideration. Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, Wis.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

One night, when a boy finds that the moon is stuck in an old crow's nest in Grandaddy Maple, he knows that only he can save it. The animals warn him that he might not return, but the boy clambers into the branches anyway. When he touches his fingers to the moon's surface and then brings his hands to his lips, he tastes a sweetness more delectable than anything he has dreamed of. He eats the entire moon and then floats freely into the air, finding himself soaring above mountains and cities, apparently at random, apparently never to return home. Then the "boymoon" discovers that he can control his direction and is home in time for sunrise. Manifested in Wallner's spellbinding nocturnal landscapes, the story relies more on poetic than logical expression, with the same jumps and sudden endings found in dream states. Readers will easily accept those qualities, given the sweetly stirring combination of watercolors and language. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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