Fabulous Fantasy

The Man in the Moon 

The Guardians of Childhood

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by William Joyce

published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers in 2011

  • A feast of gorgeous illustrations and wonderful imaginative adventure will delight children and adults
  • This is the picture book part of the Guardians of Childhood series-  (Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and the Easter Bunny- I was personally not that engaged with the chapter books- but I enormously enjoyed this stunning book
  • A magical journey -follow the adorable baby – Man in the moon –  in a distant galaxy
  • Loving parents and the kind character of “Nightlight” protect the baby from danger there is a battle between good and evil forces(children who are sensitive to bad guys may find this a bit frightening)
  • Check out the authors- wonderful interactive website  –here with lots of interactive content

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Willy’s Stories

by Anthony Browne

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published by Walker Books in 2014

  • an adventure tale highlighting some famous works of Children’s literature
  • readers will enjoy Browne’s delightful illustrations- in his characteristic style- showing varied snapshots of classics- such as Treasure Island,  Robin Hood, and even the Wizard of Oz

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  • super book to encourage young readers to check out some older books- full of fun

Flight of the Last Dragon

by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Mary GrandPre

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published by Philomel Books in 2012

  • Beautiful but sad tale – written in poetic verse  – the fictional account of  the making of  the constellation Draco
  • Ultimon the dragon- goes on a difficult flight
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Farther  and farther,

He travels on,

Drawn by a voice;

Come, Ultimon!

Onward and upward!

Cold and alone!

Through clouds of dust,

Past moons of stone.

His body aches

At every turn.

Ice coats his feathers.

His hot lungs burn.

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Lenny & Lucy

written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead

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published by Roaring Book Press in 2015

  • This is a highly unusual story-  a young boy moves house and is lonely
  • He and his friendly dog Harold- make some playmates out of a bundle of cushions and blankets stitched together into a snowman type creature
  • Beautiful water color  and pencil drawings illustrate this tale
  • Encourages imaginative and outdoor play- I liked this story
  • Recommended

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The Gift

by Carol Ann Duffy and Rob Ryan

published by Barefoot Books in 2010

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  • Unusual Fairytale-  following a young girl who makes a wish and a mystical silver haired woman who grants her request
  • Woodland fable illustrated by unique style monochrome  illustrations which appear to be paper cut outs
  • This story examines the continuum of life and the cycles of birth, life and death

I Love you More Each Day!

by Suzanne Chiew and Tina Macnaughton

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published by Little Tiger Press in 2013

  • This is just the type of book I love to recommend!
  • I adored this beautiful picture book- extolling the special relationship of a mother and child-  so sweet
  • Perfect book to give as a gift to an expectant or new parent and one you will want to keep in your library to savour with your little(or not so little ones)

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You show me hidden treasures,

But none so sweet as you.

Each kind and gentle thing you do,

Each thoughtful thing you say,

Makes me so very proud of you.

I love you more each day.

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