Moon Theater


A young stagehand must complete a host of tasks before the moon can take center stage in the theater of night.

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A young stagehand must complete a host of tasks before the moon can take center stage in the theater of night.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
For Delessert, night is a dark stage where an old man pulls up the moon. Our young narrator, however, works backstage where, in preparation, he waters the stars, erases the clouds, paints the flowers, dresses the birds in black coats, and trains the wild dogs to howl. The few words of text go below a ground-like line across the double pages, with the circles around spots in the word "moon" in the title appearing next to it in the text. To continue his work, our narrator tells us that he ends by feeding the night monsters and giving soft dreams to the dolls and teddy bears. Then it is time for him to climb into the moon for "tonight's show," which is new every night, his "moon theater." `Delessert stuffs the double-page scenes with smoothly sculptured creatures and balloon-like flowers pulsing with mystic energy. We must look closely to see the animals slinking through the nighttime landscapes, to watch a trio of rodents use anthropomorphic hands to manipulate mushrooms and acorns on a checkerboard. In this magical world readers should not be frightened by the "hungry night creatures," but should find this a soothing good night tale. Check out the different jacket and cover. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—A young stagehand works in a mysterious theater where he readies the world for the nightly rise of the Moon. He describes his duties, which include watering the stars, sprinkling star powder on the dolls, playing tricky games with the rats, and feeding hungry night monsters, all before a gnomelike little old man lifts the Moon above a proscenium stage. The surreal, glassy-eyed, knob-nosed creatures with blocky bodies dominate every scene. Their appearance and the illustrations' crowded composition are reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch's art. The text, which is occasionally punctuated with rebuslike icons, features short declarative sentences that will be manageable for beginning readers. Despite the slightly eerie feel, the book's subdued color palette and nighttime theme make this a possible choice for bedtime.—Madigan McGillicuddy, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568462080
  • Publisher: Creative Company, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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