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Children's LiteratureThis fantasy book is sometimes rambling and hard to follow. It is the story of a boy named David who wants to go to the Moon. With the help of a cobbler friend named Hans Krout, David is shown how to walk along a moon path that will take him to the moon. There he meets the man-in-the-moon and is given a job of polishing the stars. Soon he gets a three-day vacation to go to the moon garden where he plays with the children who live there, none younger than three or older than twelve. He meets a young girl named Phyllis and becomes enchanted with her. To win her hand he must find the wonder-box and the know-all book which are never fully explained to the reader. David finds these objects by riding a black-winged horse to the Iron castle occupied by the Iron Man who is in possession of these objects. The tale is reminiscent of Jack and the Beanstalk, however, it is a fanciful tale with many turns and twists and meant for only the most patient of readers. 2002, First Starscape Edition/A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 5.99. Ages 10 up.
— Della A. Yannuzzi