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The Moon Ring
     

The Moon Ring

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by Randy DuBurke
 

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In the light of a blue moon, the second full moon in a month, Maxine discovers something amazing in the grass: a magical moon ring! Ahead lies a night of adventure beyond anything Maxine could have imagined, as she is whisked around the globe, from the ice floes of Antarctica to the sunbaked African savannah to the neon lights of New York City. Is it all just a

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In the light of a blue moon, the second full moon in a month, Maxine discovers something amazing in the grass: a magical moon ring! Ahead lies a night of adventure beyond anything Maxine could have imagined, as she is whisked around the globe, from the ice floes of Antarctica to the sunbaked African savannah to the neon lights of New York City. Is it all just a dream? Only Maxine and her grandmother know for sure. Playful illustrations make this exciting adventure story one that children will ask for over and over again!

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Publishers Weekly
There's a blue moon ("second full moon in a month") in the sky on a hot summer night, and "magic loves blue-moon light," Maxine's grandmother tells her. Sure enough, a ring of silver (the ring and the moon appear in metallic paint on the page) falls from the sky and carries Maxine off to exotic locales: a polar penguin hangout, a sun-drenched savanna (where a giraffe becomes her trusty, if somewhat unsteady, steed) and even New York City. Then, with a final "Whoosh!" Maxine finds herself safely back in the reality of her home only, what are that giraffe, seal and penguin doing in Maxine's backyard? The episodes at times seem like snapshots cobbled together, while the text offers little more than obvious descriptions of the pictures' action. But veteran editorial illustrator DuBurke's artwork makes up for the narrative's awkward pacing. His illustrations, rendered in pen, ink and acrylic, feel as magical as Maxine's lunar ring. With an offbeat aesthetic that combines an almost photographic realism with cartoon exaggeration, DuBurke's full-bleed spreads and framed panels exude a giddy energy. Maxine, with her infectious, authentic enthusiasm, communicated via lanky limbs and an expressive face, takes her wild adventures in stride. Ages 4-8 (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-On the cover of this story of a magical trip, a pleased-looking African-American girl relaxes in the curve of a metallic silver moon above the skyline of New York City placed, surprisingly, behind a herd of running giraffes. As the story begins, Maxine, who sports short overalls and purple goggles, is resting with her grandmother on the porch after a hot day when they notice that there is a blue moon, a sure sign of magic. A silver ring falls from it and grants Maxine wishes, which she uses to travel to the Antarctic, the African savanna, Manhattan, and home again. The story alone is a typical, childlike, wish-fulfillment sequence, but the illustrations make it special, for DuBurke is a master of pose and expression. The word "adorable" comes to mind when looking at Maxine's penguin walk and walrus ride; and the tiny silhouette of giraffe and girl on the Empire State Building in front of the silver moon is a charmer. Most unusual and appealing are the juxtaposition of realistic human bodies and faces with flat, cartoony clothes, settings, and animals. The story is really just a vehicle for the art, but these are impressive illustrations.-Ellen Heath, Orchard School, Ridgewood, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A child discovers the truth of her grandma’s dictum that "magic loves blue-moon light," when a Frisbee-sized, wish-granting silver ring falls at her feet. It being a "hot, hot, hot" summer night beneath that moon, Maxine wishes for cool—and suddenly she’s cavorting on ice with penguins and seals. That’s just the start of a breathless, world-spanning tour to Africa and then New York—bringing the animals along with her—and fetched up at last back in her own bed. A dream? The rest of her family may think so, but grandma just smiles and outside the window a penguin, a seal, and a giraffe frolic. Looking pasted down over flat backgrounds, DuBurke’s loose-limbed figures sport gaping mouths and exaggerated expressions of glee or dismay—a sure sign of a new illustrator who’s trying too hard. Neither the endpapers nor the title-page scenes have anything to do with the rest of the story, beyond portraying the same African-American family picnicking in that hot summer. Still, the boundless energy and sheer playfulness of this debut will please young readers, and leave them hoping to see more from DuBurke. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811834872
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
AD150L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Randy DuBurke is the creator of The Moon Ring and the recipient of the John Steptoe/Corretta Scott King New Illustrator Award. He lives in Switzerland and New York.

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Moon Ring 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Played by himself gloomy because he had no one to play with and no mother or father.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry typo moonclan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-kyle at magica res three
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits next to Erica and holds her hand. What happened?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wait maddie are you courtany