The Magical Moonballs

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Through exquisite illustrations and sparkling verse, award-winning author-illustrator Laura L. Seeley has created a story of whimsy and delight. THE MAGICAL MOONBALLS takes off when the kind but lonely man in the moon gets an itch in his nose, which "...twitched in the breeze. Then he shuddered and shivered and sneezed a big sneeze!"

The power of that sneeze bursts open the clouds, which turn into millions of - you guessed it - magical moonballs. These pretty pastel mini moons spill across the moonlit sky and tumble their way into the chimneys of sleeping households. Once inside, the messengers of mischief and merriment bring their zany cheer to everything from couch cushions to toothbrushes to sweatsocks.

Reminiscent of "The Night Before Christmas," THE MAGICAL MOONBALLS is destined to become a classic. It will be loved, enjoyed, and treasured time and again, by readers young and old.

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Laura L. Seeley was named the 1992 Writer and Illustrator of the year by the Atlanta branch of the National League of American Pen Women, for THE MAGICAL MOONBALLS and the 1990 Author of the Year for Juvenile Books by the Council of Authors and Journalists, for her BOOK OF SHADOWBOXES: A STORY OF THE ABCs. She has also illustrated Carmen Agra Deedy's AGATHA'S FEATHER BED: NOT JUST ANOTHER WILD GOOSE STORY and CHRISTMAS AND THE OLD HOUSE, written by country music star Tom T. Hall.

From Publishers Weekly:

Personification comes to seem like an infectious disease in Seeley's (The Book of Shadowboxes) latest picture book. Virtually everything in her feverish illustrations--houses, hearths, couch cushions, cans of food, twentyone meatballs / and seven dill pickles, and so on ad infinitum--comes with human facial features, replete with grin. None other than that bastion of anthropomorphism, the man in the moon, starts off the story with a sneeze. Its impact scatters the clouds into magical moonballs which descend to earth emitting squeals full of happiness. Somewhere between a host of manic Mr. Bubbles and those well-choreographed armies of germs depicted in children's health science films, the moonballs dance their way down a chimney with spry somersaults, / laughing out with delight, and then explore a house. There they entertain a resident teddy bear, until One by one they slipped out / full of final 'Farewells!' / leaving faces of friendliness / under their spells. At best, verse and art are merely insipid. Ages 4-8.
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