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One night as Eli stays up late to work on his most recent invention and escape another nightmare, a mysterious, luminous, and somewhat ...
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One night as Eli stays up late to work on his most recent invention and escape another nightmare, a mysterious, luminous, and somewhat bumbling man by the name of Mr. Moon appears at his window. He knows just what the matter with Eli is and promises to help him, if he can fix one more thing
And so Eli Trebuckle makes the journey to the broken Moonpowder factory. If he can get it up and running, he can ensure that the whole world will have sweet dreams! But can Eli face his greatest fears and meet the biggest challenge of his lifetime? With inspiring courage, determination, and a little faith, Eli proves that, happily, the answer is yes.
K-Gr 2- Eli Treebuckle is a tinkerer, a "fix-it" boy whose father is away at war. He never has "sweet dreams," and his nightmares keep him awake working on fantastical inventions. One sleepless night, an avuncular, W.C. Fields-faced Mr. Moon drops by and invites Eli to come fix the Moonpowder Factory, the source of pleasant dreams. The floating factory is filled with retro robots and huge machinery. Eli, with the help of Mr. Moon and Giz the robot, gets into and under the machines until he discovers the empty dream tank that is causing his problems. The only fix entails Eli finding a box with the last pinch of moonpowder and dreaming sweet dreams to refill the tank. A harrowing visit to Mother Nature's closet, heaped willy-nilly with containers full of weather, produces the box. But an exhausted Eli doesn't need the powder as he slips into sleep and sweet dreams, awakening in his own bed and to a joyous reunion with his father. Steeped in dreamy sepia tones suffused with golden light and brightened by unexpected patches of electric blue, the illustrations are lush and painterly. Using spreads combined with comic-style panels, Rocco creates a hint of a graphic novel for the youngest readers. This original fantasy melds high adventure with a retro 1940s look in a long narrative perfect for older preschoolers and early elementary children. Readers will linger over the pictures and cheer for the businesslike but heroic Eli, who discovers that sometimes things can just fix themselves.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI