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 is known worldwide as the Michael L. Printz, Carnegie, Whitbread, and Smarties Award-winning author of Skellig, Clay, and many other novels, stories, and plays, including The Savage and Slog s Dad, both illustrated by Dave McKean. In 2010, he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award for the body of his work. David Almond lives in Northumberland, 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.