The Boy and the Blue Moon

The Boy and the Blue Moon

On the night of a blue moon, a boy and his cat set out for a walk and find themselves on a magical adventure. Together they travel through fields of flowers, forests of towering trees, and lakes of deep dark blue. Flying through starry blue skies, they reach the blue moon. But the blue planet, Earth, calls the explorers home. Safely back in bed, the boy wonders―was it only...

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Title:The Boy and the Blue Moon
Author:Sara O'Leary
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The Boy and the Blue Moon Reviews

  • Shana

    A very sweet story. Perfect for bedtime!

  • Michelle (FabBookReviews)

    3.5 stars

    Picture book enthusiasts might recognize

    's name immediately- she is the Canadian author behind the brilliant children's titles

    ,

    (illustrated by Julie Morstad), and

    (illustrated by Qin Leng). O'Leary has teamed up with English artist

    for a

    3.5 stars

    Picture book enthusiasts might recognize

    's name immediately- she is the Canadian author behind the brilliant children's titles

    ,

    (illustrated by Julie Morstad), and

    (illustrated by Qin Leng). O'Leary has teamed up with English artist

    for a lovely, lulling story about a young boy's (and his cat's!) nighttime adventures during a rare blue moon. As ever, O'Leary's writing is so beautiful: softly, gorgeously poetic and something to be savoured by both children and adults. Readers who have dreamed or wondered about the moon might enjoy following along the journey the boy and his cat take as they somehow find themselves on an incredible yet desolate new place far, far away from the coziness of home. O'Leary has often teamed up with artist (and fellow Canadian) Julie Morstad for her picture books, so having another illustrator collaborate with O'Leary is interesting to experience. Crowley's illustrations match the tone and subject matter of the story well- the cat, boy and earth-set scenes are so saturated and rich- though I do wonder if an audience might find the colour palette itself a tad unvarying or the space-set scenes towards the end lacking some kind of necessary warmth to fully gel with O'Leary's writing. Overall, I do recommend taking a read of this title; it is indeed a beautiful story, and one likely to be much appreciated at bedtime!

  • Edward Sullivan

    An appealing magical adventure story with lovely, dreamy illustrations.

  • Traci

    Where can you go when the blue moon is out? Answer: anywhere you want. A charming picture book about how far your imagination can take you. Perfect bedtime story.

    Written by Sara O'Leary, illustrated by Ashley Crowley and published by Henry Holt and Company.

    #PB #moon #bedtime

  • Angelina

    Magical!

  • Calista

    There's no place like home. This book feels like a dream. I enjoyed this blue and moody book. It's set up as this magical night. I enjoyed and was delighted by the book.

    The nephew had fun reading this also. He likes cats and he wanted to take his own trip to the moon. I told him he had to wait for a blue me. He asked me when one was and I said it would be a while, but in your dreams, there is always a blue moon. He gave it 5 stars too.

  • The Library Lady

    Lovely book with a real retro feel, though readers will see pictures of space related stuff in the last spread that clearly shows it's a modern book. Though the moon doesn't REALLY turn blue (and blue moons aren't really rare), I can happily suspend my disbelief to enjoy Crowley's marvelous art that uses virtually nothing but blue and white, with just the boy's red long johns as brief splash of color.

    Lovely book with a real retro feel, though readers will see pictures of space related stuff in the last spread that clearly shows it's a modern book. Though the moon doesn't REALLY turn blue (and blue moons aren't really rare), I can happily suspend my disbelief to enjoy Crowley's marvelous art that uses virtually nothing but blue and white, with just the boy's red long johns as brief splash of color.

    A sweet, dreamy story, with a text that feels like the best of classic children's picture books,this will be an excellent preschool and up bedtime book, complete with boy and cat snuggled safely in bed at home after their adventures.

  • Barbara

    Although blue moons aren't as rare as one might be led to believe, they are somewhat unusual, and when they occur, there is a feeling of something special and all sorts of possibilities swirling in the air. In this picture book, the moon and many of the scenes are actually awash in blue as the illustrator has added blue inks to the images with a water brush pen as well as gouache, graphite sticks, pastels, colored pencils, and Adobe Photoshop, thus creating distinctive images that have a magical

    Although blue moons aren't as rare as one might be led to believe, they are somewhat unusual, and when they occur, there is a feeling of something special and all sorts of possibilities swirling in the air. In this picture book, the moon and many of the scenes are actually awash in blue as the illustrator has added blue inks to the images with a water brush pen as well as gouache, graphite sticks, pastels, colored pencils, and Adobe Photoshop, thus creating distinctive images that have a magical aura about them. In the story a boy and his cat leave the safety of their house to walk under the glow of the blue moon, and as they head further away, things that are familiar take on a slightly mysterious and possibly dangerous tone. The two friends row across a lake and travel to the moon, but even though they enjoy their adventures and are tempted to stay there, they decide to return home once again. The last illustration features the boy and his cat back in his bedroom, surrounding by evidence of his fascination with space. There are models hanging from the ceiling, posters, a telescope, and a globe, and it seems clear what his life's ambition is.

  • Cecilia

    I wanted to like this book. Mostly, it was just weird. It definitely read like it was based on a dream (and the character clearly is dreaming himself). It just was...unsettling in some odd way?

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