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.

  • Ben Truong

    is a children's picture book written by Sara O'Leary and illustrated by Ashley Crowley, which tells a story about a boy, his cat, and the magic of the Blue Moon.

    O'Leary's text is simplistic and straightforward, yet captures the surreal and dreamlike quality of the book. Crowley's illustrations are beautifully rendered and done in blue-scale (done in shades of blue), which is rather apropos to the text in question and complement the text rather well. The shocks of red in

    is a children's picture book written by Sara O'Leary and illustrated by Ashley Crowley, which tells a story about a boy, his cat, and the magic of the Blue Moon.

    O'Leary's text is simplistic and straightforward, yet captures the surreal and dreamlike quality of the book. Crowley's illustrations are beautifully rendered and done in blue-scale (done in shades of blue), which is rather apropos to the text in question and complement the text rather well. The shocks of red in the life vests and astronaut suits were also rather welcomed.

    The premise of the book is about a child and his cat taking a walk on a night of a Blue Moon and finds themselves on a magical adventure. Together they travel through fields of flowers, forests of towering trees, and lakes of deep dark blue. They then find themselves flying through starry blue skies until they reach the blue moon. Until the blue Earth called them back and he wakes up in his room, which is filled with astronomy paraphernalia.

    All in all,

    is a wonderful children's book of a little boy, his cat and the magical properties that the Blue Moon can bring.

  • 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.

  • 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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