April 2010 Indie Next List
“The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon has all the humorous oddities of classic Ronald Dahl, but the heart and warmth of E.B. White. The story follows a boy who longs for something, but he doesn't know exactly what. Dunbar's illustrations bring his journey to life, as we follow from the basement of an apartment all the way to the moon and back again. This is a touching story about the power of friendship and imagination.”
— Jacqui Teruya, Once Upon a Time, Montrose, CA
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 the Author
David Almond has received several major international awards, including a Hans Christian Andersen Award, a Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, an Eleanor Farjeon Award, and a Michael L. Printz Award. He is known worldwide as the author of Skellig, Clay, and many other novels, stories, and plays. With Candlewick, he is the author of The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, as well as The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers; The Savage, Slog s Dad, and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, all illustrated by Dave McKean; and My Dad s a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon, both illustrated by Polly Dunbar. David Almond lives in England with his family.
Polly Dunbar is the author and illustrator of Penguin, Dog Blue, and Flyaway Katie (all published by Candlewick). She is also the illustrator of Margaret Mahy's Down the Back of the Chair. She studied illustration at Bright Art School and now lives and works in Brighton, England.