The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon (Hardcover)

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By David Almond, Polly Dunbar (Illustrator)
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Summer 2010 Kids' 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 multi-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 four stories featuring Tilly and Friends. She is also the co-creator with David Almond of My Dad’s a Birdman. Polly Dunbar lives in Brighton, England.

Praise For…

Madmen are heroes and crackpots are geniuses in this charmingly over-the-top read-aloud that challenges readers to imagine the impossible.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763642174
ISBN-10: 0763642177
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: April 13th, 2010
Pages: 128
Language: English