Regards to the Man in the Moon

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A revitalizing dose of imagination, inspiration.

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Kids tease Louie about his stepfather and ridicule him when he begins building his spaceship. However, a few of the children join him on his trip, and the others do come around after hearing tales of his adventures.

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What's the story?

A curious contraption made out of junk becomes a transport to adventure when a young boy and his friend use their imaginations to fuel a voyage into outer space. Ezra Jack Keats's tale is a revitalizing dose of imagination and an inspiration for young children.

Is it any good?

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REGARDS TO THE MAN IN THE MOON returns to one of Ezra Keats' favorite themes: saluting a child's ingenuity. The artwork consists of full-color, full-page illustrations with paintings and cut paper. The collages of outer space are fascinating, with whorls of sparkling colors breaking up the inky blackness. Loyal Keats fans will enjoy the visual puns.

Children unfamiliar with Keats' previous book, Louie's Search, won't understand the references to Louie's "new" father or the man's occupation, which is never explained in this book. Also, why Figgie and Ruthie have become attached to Louie and Susie's craft is unclear. Yet these small inconsistencies do not detract from a child's enjoyment of the text.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about imagination. Look around your house for something that seems to be just junk. What could you do with it?

Book details

Author:Ezra Jack Keats
Illustrator:Ezra Jack Keats
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Publication date:January 1, 1981
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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