The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon by David Almond

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Crackpot notions, community spirit, and sky-high aspirations transform a quiet boy’s life in this whimsical tale from the stellar team of David Almond and Polly Dunbar.

There are some strange ideas floating around in Paul’s apartment block. There’s Mabel, who now calls herself Molly and whose brother hides under a paper bag. Then there’s Clarence, the poodle who thinks he can fly. But the strangest notion of all is Paul’s. You see, Paul believes that the moon is not the moon but a great hole in the sky. And he knows that sausages are better than war. How on earth (or not) will he find out if he is bonkers or a genius? With a few equally bonkers (or genius) helpers and a very long ladder, that’s how! From a master of magical realism and a celebrated artist comes another delightfully outrageous expedition.

About David Almond

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David Almond is known worldwide as the award-winning author of SKELLIG, KIT'S WILDERNESS, CLAY, JACKDAW SUMMER, and many other books and plays. He is also the author of THE SAVAGE, illustrated by Dave McKean, and MY DAD'S A BIRDMAN, with art by Polly Dunbar. He lives in Northumberland, England. Polly Dunbar is the author-illustrator of many children’s books, including DOG BLUE, PENGUIN, and six stories featuring Tilly and Friends. She is also the illustrator of David Almond’s MY DAD'S A BIRDMAN. Polly Dunbar lives in Brighton, England.
Published April 13, 2010 by Candlewick. 128 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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When Laurie Lee was asked at what point his most famous book, Cider With Rosie, began to be seen as a modern classic, he replied that it was after he'd been asked to write a piece for the back cover and had begun it with the words, "This modern classic".

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Then she goes a step further, finding someone who can aid Paul in testing his theory that “the moon is not the moon, but is a hole in the sky.” Adorned with Dunbar's whimsical pencil and ink illustrations, this book is a pleasing mix of silliness and creative thinking.

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Summary: It's the new David Almond for young readers.

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Along with Paul's caring parents, this odd assortment of people help Paul reach his goal of climbing to the moon.

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Glorious artwork brings Paul’s journey --- and what he finds on the other side of the moon --- right into the pages of the book, several of which are given over entirely to marvelous, candy-colored, joyful two-page spreads.

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