Man in the Moon in Love

Man in the Moon in Love

by Jeff Brumbeau, Greg Couch
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Why does the moon disappear on some nights, apparently, and at other times appear in all its effulgence? The Man-in-the-Moon, it seems, once fell in love with ``a woman who lived in a little blue house, deep in a forest glade.'' Like Barbara Berger's Grandfather Twilight (Philomel), this is an original myth that reverberates with the magical appeal of an ancient story. The debut of both author and illustrator is no run-of-the-mill picture book: though younger children may require an adult interpretation, the fantasy elements here are sure to prove engrossing. Brumbeau's text, seemingly straightforward, has an old-fashioned storybook charm. Couch's wistful, stylized art evinces a '30s romantic air--one can almost hear strains of big band music in the background. The illustrations are rich in midnight blue and pearly white and burn with an intense orange glow when the Man-in-the-Sun appears. This multifaceted tale will catch many children's fancies--and gladden the hearts of adults with an amatory bent as well. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Readers who have wondered where the Man-in-the-Moon goes for part of each lunar cycle will learn that he's with his wife on Earth, of course. Brumbeau's story tells how this came to be: the Man-in-the-Moon's wife made a deal with the Man-in-the-Sun, who rules such matters, that for part of each month her husband would stay on the moon and keep it lit, and for the rest of the month he would visit her. Couch's dark-hued forms and angled lines give the illustrations a modern, sophisticated look. The drawings are reminiscent of Picasso's blue period in the use of many shades of that color. These hues work well with the text, giving readers a humorous explanation of what might happen on moonless nights. --Rachel Fox, Port Washington Pub . Lib . , NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556702297
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/1992
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 11.42(h) x (d)

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