James Saves the Moon

James Saves the Moon

by Wendy Nystrom




"Here within lies a tale of a young boy named James, which takes place in a far away island nation of Iceland."

Travel along with James up the mountain, soaring through the air with his friends he meets along the way to reach the moon.

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ISBN-13: 9780988270794
Publisher: Anchor Group
Publication date: 10/19/2012
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.09(d)

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James Saves the Moon 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Saves the Moon, Wendy Nystrom: Beautifully written book in the style of folklore/fairytale that will please any child or admirer of children’s literature. The illustrations are magical and the dialog enchanting. What’s not to like be with a boy, an elf, and a dragon? I think this is a top notch addition to any family library. You’ll l love it.
Albinomex More than 1 year ago
Terrific Fairytale for kids! Dec. 27, 2012 I bought this book for my kids as an early Christmas gift. It arrived a few days before Christmas, & I let them open it immediately. The story was magically entertaining, & the illustrations very well done. My kids all piled around & we read it together. (They took over a few times. LOLz) My son really loved searching for the dragon! He has dubbed himself our on hand dragon finding expert. :)
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Dolly13 More than 1 year ago
A great children's book that will take your child on an adventure. I love the idea of having an elf and a dragon in the story. Great mythical creatures children can relate to. I could see my kids sneaking out of the house like James did. Not a very good idea. And I don't like the idea of not being able to tell anyone, especially his mom. Otherwise, I loved the very vibrant photos. I do recommend this book for children around school age.
LeeRyder1 More than 1 year ago
I just read James Saves the Moon by the incredible Wendy Nystrom. It's such a sweet tale of a little boy who learns the value of listening and working together. I loved the illustrations in the story that really bring the characters to life. James is such a precocious and innocent character who learns that all things are not superstitions and that superstitions are meant to be believed. My favorite character was Syvock the member of the Icelandic little people who lives in a pile of rocks near James' house. He is kind of the Jiminy Cricket to James' Peter pan. A conscience who explains that magic is not to be taken lightly because it uses the power of nature and could hurt nature if too much is used. The illustrations of Matthias the dragon are so beautiful, the blue tones in the pictures add to the mental picture I had when reading the story. When the characters worked together to release the moon from where it was stuck on the mountain I was cheering for them, I know that my daughter will love this story and read it again and again. I know I truly enjoyed it. Wendy is a word weaving wonder woman who writes such wonderful, beautiful, fanciful tales that teach great morals, like listening to your friends and cooperation. I would recommend this book to anyone who is young or young at heart. I would happily give this book even more than 5 stars because it's just a wonderful story!
Andrea_C More than 1 year ago
James Saves the Moon is a sweet, short chapter book about a little boy named James who lives in Iceland. He has recently moved there from America and isn't used to not being able to see the moon on a nightly basis like back home. When he does finally see it, he is amazed by how big it is and becomes determined to travel up the mountain to be able to touch it. Along the way, he makes new friends, including a little man named Syvok, and a dragon named Matthias. Together, the threesome travel closer to the moon and realize that it is actually stuck on the mountain! Using magic and good old-fashioned elbow grease, they manage to save the day. It is a fast read, because each chapter is only 1-3 pages on the Kindle. Each chapter also has its own illustration. It gives a brief introduction to some Icelandic folklore and fulfills the fantasy of many young children. Haven't we all dreamed of going to the moon? I look forward to possibly sharing this with my students when we learn about North America this next school year. I think it would be appropriate to read with children ages 5 and up. This is the first book in a series that features James. I hope future tales teach us more about Iceland, which is one of our lesser known countries in North America!
CityKat717 More than 1 year ago
James Saves the Moon by Wendy Nystrom is a fun story for kids and adults.  It tells  the story of James, a young boy who moves to Iceland, and his adventure to try to touch  the moon.  Along the way he meets some magical friends and his adventure becomes even  more exciting and important.  This story is a great bedtime story for children.
Dara_Brown More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I red this book to my ten year old daughter, and she loved it. (She's read it several times since.)  It's a great adventure book for kids, and it teaches the lesson that it's okay to follow your dreams!  James, the young boy in this book, set off on a journey to touch the moon, and found magical creatures along the way, who assisted him on his way!  This book is enchanting, and will be a great addition to any child's library!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite “James Saves the Moon”, written by Wendy Nystrom, is a delightful children’s picture book that combines a child’s imagination with Icelandic mythology. The illustrations by Jim Weidman, in a blue tone with colorful characters, lend a mythological feel to the story of a young boy (James), who sees the moon over one of the high mountains and decides that if he climbs to the top of the mountain he can reach out and touch the moon. Slipping quietly out of his bedroom window, he sets out on his journey. On his way up the mountain he stumbles over some rocks and disturbs one of Iceland’s mythological figures (Syvok), who joins him on his journey. They suddenly realize that unless they move faster, the moon will leave before they make it to the top of the mountain. In order that they can move faster, Syvok summons a dragon (Matthias), who allows them to ride on his back. They discover that the moon is stuck on the mountain and they will have to help get it unstuck. The three work as a team to set the moon free and while doing so, James truly does touch the moon. The color of the illustrations by Jim Weidman and the very well-written story by Wendy Nystrom make “James Saves the Moon” a rare treasure for a children’s picture book. Its simplicity combined with the kind of story that stirs the imagination of a child make it something that will stick in the mind of the reader for a lifetime. This book gives a little bit of a taste of the colorful and flavorful history of Iceland and its traditions. It is highly recommended for its ability to help stir a child’s imagination. A wonderfully simple and delightful tale.
InterpretergalMW More than 1 year ago
This story is about a little boy James in Iceland who wants to touch the moon. He goes on a short journey to try to touch it but finds out the moon needs a little help. It is a great adventure story with creatures, like dragons, that little boys dream about. The pictures are wonderfully bright and vibrant. I recommend this book.
Cuanam More than 1 year ago
As usual with children's books we start with Junior Reviewer Gallataea (age 6) and her thoughts on the book. "I liked all of the story. Especially when Jmes got to touch the moon. He's so lucky he got to meet a fairy and ride a dragon! Can we go to Iceland so I can meet Matthias and Syvok?" That was pretty much said in one string of nonsense mind you lol. Anyway, James Saves the Moon is about a little boy named James who moves from America to a little town in Iceland. The first time he sees the moon it's so big he believes if he climbs the mountain near his home, he'll be able to touch it. Along the way to the top of the mountain, he meets an Icelandic Fairy named Syvok, and the infamous blue dragon on the cover (as well as the bookplates, bookmarks, and all things Wendy), Matthias. This was by far the cutest story I've read in awhile. It's a bit long for the really small (Micah the junior junior reviewer gave up around page 5 lol) but for kindergarteners till about third or fourth grade will enjoy this story a lot. It's definitely a wonderful introduction into the wonderful world of the Icelandic myths and lores. Until tomorrow my junior reviewer and I say Bless Bless to you all >^.^< I give this book 5 of 5 stars Reviewed by S.Cu'Anam Policar Freaky Fiction Writing Author Around the Universe Book Tours Apprentice Fae Books Tour Host/Reviewer Girls <3 Books Tours Host LadyAmber's Book Tours Host B3 Book Tours Host I Am A Reader Not A Writer Blog Tour Host
EliseMarion More than 1 year ago
What an awesome little adventure! I bought this book to read to my 5-year old daughter before bedtime. It was nice to take a break from princesses and fairies for a change and expand her horizons. It's a bit longer than our usual bedtime books, but we both enjoyed it very much. The illustrations are epically beautiful. Every time we came to one my daughter gasped and got excited, especially when we got to see Syvok, the Icelandic fairy and Mathias the dragon. My daughter was totally invested in James and his mission to save the moon, which turned out different than I expected in a good way. Turns out children aren't as naive as we think and maybe we should listen to them when they tell us they want to touch the moon. They might be determined enough to actually make it happen. I liked the introduction about Iceland and the different little educational points within the book. I don't think my daughter got it, but this is a book she can read for years and understand it's different layers over time. I think it's great for kids to learn about different places and cultures. It prompts a sense of tolerance and understanding others and their backgrounds. A job well done by a writer of epic adventures for little ones. We are looking forward to the next one!
MommaLubSimpson More than 1 year ago
Just read the coolest kids book....its called "James Saves The Moon" by Wendy Nystrom. Wendy's book starts in Iceland, and her son saw something-remarkable. But-at the same time, he wonders, could it really be? So what does he want to do-explore of course, after all, he is a little boy with a great imagination! James sets out on an adventure inspired by his mom and supported by his family. Along the way he makes a new best friend, and other friends. He finds out some fables of Iceland, and explores things around-but most of all, he experiences a journey of a lifetime with his new friends. Really, this book is one that will spark your child's imagination, set them off in wonder, and give them something to aspire for! Wendy's illustrations will give you the feel of another land, an adventure in itself-great job to her illustrator! Her writing makes each image pop together, and form almost a movie in your mind. Such a fun book to enjoy!  My 9 year old has become a "mega fan" and reads the book daily! It is one of his newest favorites! He talks about it, shows people the book, and explains it to his brothers--that is a book that has truly captured a child---phenomenal.  Brenton already has a review done-here it is, he was working hard for the past 40 minutes or so! 
E_M_Fogle More than 1 year ago
James Saves the Moon is a wonderful story about a little boy determined to do the impossible. The story is filled with creativity and great characters. My son loved the twist at the end and how the moon really did need saving! It was nice to see how they worked together to get the moon out of its very tight spot. And the friendship that was created was very touching. I thought it was also fantastic that the pictures drew in kids of all ages and made it an interactive activity. My son loved searching for and finding all of the dragons scattered throughout the story. Plus, he adored looking at the vibrant, eye-catching illustrations. We can't wait for the next one!