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The Man in the Moon

The Guardians of Childhood - with audio recording

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In the first book of a multibook series, find out how a round, jolly baby became the great white hope of the Milky Way—and ringleader of the Guardians of Childhood.

Up there in the sky.
Don’t you see him?
No, not the moon.
The Man in the Moon.

He wasn’t always a man.
Nor was he always on the moon.

He was once a child.
Like you.

Until a battle,
a shooting star,
and a lost balloon
sent him on a quest.

Meet the very first guardian of childhood.
MiM, the Man in the Moon.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 04, 2011 – Joyce's (A Day with Wilbur Robinson) concoction, the inaugural offering in the Guardians of Childhood series (with films and 12 books to follow), is a rich, cinematic brew of steampunk fancies. His sumptuous spreads are crowded with rotund telescopes, Jules Verne rocket ships, and sherbet-bearing robots, all painted in a superb palette of indigo and gold. The infant Man in the Moon (named for the Moon Clipper, an extraterrestrial airship that disguises itself as a moon at night) is hidden away by his parents in order to escape the nefarious Pitch, "the King of Nightmares," renowned for "plundering planets, extinguishing stars, and scuttling every airship that crossed his path." Without his parents, but amply provided for, the acronymically nicknamed MiM grows up, round-faced and nattily dressed, orbiting Earth in the derelict clipper ("It was now just a moon"). Learning of the hopes and dreams of Earth's children, he gathers a team of fellow guardians to protect and console them. Joyce combines elemental fairyland themes—a cloistered heir, secret powers, mysterious good deeds—into a tale that's warm and fuzzy, swashbuckling, and dazzlingly inventive all at the same time. Ages 4–8.


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Customer Reviews


Great start to the stories of The Guardians of Childhood. It was very entertaining and captivated the attention of my 6 and 7 year olds. They love the story.

Nice for anyone

I'm a teen and I was really curious about the story so I bought it and I felt like a little kid again I love it.


William Joyce is by far a genius in storytelling and in art. I just re-discovered him a few months back after watching Rise of the Guardians in theaters and to me it helped me awaken my childhood again. I use to watch Rollie Pollie Ollie as a kid and read the book about the dinosaur that played baseball and George Shrinks (can't remember the title of the Dino book that well). All of them were fun and wonderful to read. I feel sad that I didn't remember all of the precious memories until the movie came out. But thanks to that great film I got to look back at Joyce and see his works again and this book is terrific proof of how great of a storyteller he is. I think people of all ages can love this book for the clever writing and beautiful illustrations each page holds. I never get bored re-reading it so I don't think you will either.

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The Man in the Moon
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  • $10.99
  • Level: Grades P-3
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables
  • Published: Sep 06, 2011
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 56 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: The Guardians of Childhood
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3 or later and iOS 4.2 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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