The Magical Moonballs

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"His nose felt an itch, and it twitched in the breeze. Then he shuddered and shivered and sneezed a big sneeze!" With his sneeze, the man in the moon blows the clouds into zillions of rollicking moonballs, who gleefully tumble to Earth to spread their message of cheer and friendship. An enchanting, full-color work from award-winning author/illustrator Laura L. Seeley.

The lonely man in the moon sneezes, sending hundreds of moonballs to Earth, where they enliven an assortment of inanimate objects with ...

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"His nose felt an itch, and it twitched in the breeze. Then he shuddered and shivered and sneezed a big sneeze!" With his sneeze, the man in the moon blows the clouds into zillions of rollicking moonballs, who gleefully tumble to Earth to spread their message of cheer and friendship. An enchanting, full-color work from award-winning author/illustrator Laura L. Seeley.

The lonely man in the moon sneezes, sending hundreds of moonballs to Earth, where they enliven an assortment of inanimate objects with their magical smiles.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This lovely story begins "Have you ever had thoughts about make-believe things such as hotdogs with faces or flowers with wings," and goes on to tell the story of the Moonballs' adventure. Moonballs were created when the man in the moon sneezed one night. The colorful balls float down from the sky, and into a house where they have a great adventure. The magical illustrations of the moonballs' pranks, and the lilting verse combine to make this book a winner. The layout is perfect, too! A great real-aloud book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561451890
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 12.01 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2000

    Magical Storytime

    I bought this book 4 years ago for my first grandson and it is still one of his favorites. The story is cute and funny but the illustrations are the best. The illustrations in this book keep a child interested and entertained.

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