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

  • Jana

    Because a blue moon is so special, it inspires a lot of imaginative stories. Anything can happen when there's a blue moon in the sky. With beautiful illustrations rendered in blue ink, the author takes us on an evening stroll with a young boy and his cat. As the two walk together through the woods they find a lake, another blue moon in the lake, and before too long they're on the moon itself. The boy is thrilled for this amazing adventure, but he starts to miss home. When he finds himself safe a

    Because a blue moon is so special, it inspires a lot of imaginative stories. Anything can happen when there's a blue moon in the sky. With beautiful illustrations rendered in blue ink, the author takes us on an evening stroll with a young boy and his cat. As the two walk together through the woods they find a lake, another blue moon in the lake, and before too long they're on the moon itself. The boy is thrilled for this amazing adventure, but he starts to miss home. When he finds himself safe and warm in his own bed, one would have to wonder whether or not it really happened. This would make a terrific bedtime story for young readers with big imaginations. This could also serve as a fun mentor text to help young writers imagine their own Blue Moon stories.

  • Amber Webb

    The Boy and the Blue Moon by Sara O'Leary was a story of many children's dreams. On the night of a great blue moon a boy and his cat go on an adventure and end up on the moon. Wishes that come true aren't always what you expected and before long, they are wishing to come home. The illustrations of Blue Moon are spectacular and really allow you to feel the story on a different level. This would be an excellent book to share when classrooms are learning about dreams, the solar system or the phases

    The Boy and the Blue Moon by Sara O'Leary was a story of many children's dreams. On the night of a great blue moon a boy and his cat go on an adventure and end up on the moon. Wishes that come true aren't always what you expected and before long, they are wishing to come home. The illustrations of Blue Moon are spectacular and really allow you to feel the story on a different level. This would be an excellent book to share when classrooms are learning about dreams, the solar system or the phases and types of moons. There are many activities that could go along with this book and I can't wait to share it with my students.

  • Christina Carter

    The night air breathed a wondrous sound as "A hundred thousand tiny bells were ringing out a song that no one had ever heard before," beckoning a boy and his cat as they venture off into the forest on one irresistibly enchanting evening.

    The Boy and the Blue Moon takes the reader on a magnificent journey with a curious boy and his cat that is completely magical. I was in every way enamored by the brilliant blues used by illustrator Ashley Crowley. The illustrations are themselves spellbinding. Th

    The night air breathed a wondrous sound as "A hundred thousand tiny bells were ringing out a song that no one had ever heard before," beckoning a boy and his cat as they venture off into the forest on one irresistibly enchanting evening.

    The Boy and the Blue Moon takes the reader on a magnificent journey with a curious boy and his cat that is completely magical. I was in every way enamored by the brilliant blues used by illustrator Ashley Crowley. The illustrations are themselves spellbinding. They dazzled my imagination. This is definitely a book I will be purchasing for my K-5 library!

  • 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.

  • Maureen Agnes

    The story was lacking for me, but the artwork was simply magical. The porch lights, moon, stars, etc. really mimicked glowing lights. The swirling motions of the boy and the cat when they were playing gave it the illusion they were really moving. I would say this is a must buy and a favorite just for the artwork alone. The story I felt was more complicated then it needed to be.

  • 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.

  • Ris

    The illustrations by Ashley Crowley really carried this book for me. Picture book illustrators are unsung heroes. Her art was simply breathtaking and enchanting, and I was paying much more attention to the individual details in her images than I was to the story itself.

    The story was cute, but overall unimaginative. Blue moons aren't exceedingly rare, but they're uncommon enough to be inspiring, to make one feel as though something

    is going to happen that night. I expected a more fantast

    The illustrations by Ashley Crowley really carried this book for me. Picture book illustrators are unsung heroes. Her art was simply breathtaking and enchanting, and I was paying much more attention to the individual details in her images than I was to the story itself.

    The story was cute, but overall unimaginative. Blue moons aren't exceedingly rare, but they're uncommon enough to be inspiring, to make one feel as though something

    is going to happen that night. I expected a more fantastic sort of story, given its promising beginning (although there was one point where I was beginning to count how many times the word "deep" was used). The song, the "wish-wish", the magical lake and the shifting dream path.

    And then we skipped rocks on the moon and tumbled around with kitty (a good time, perhaps, but not magical) and nose dived for home.

    It's a cute book. I'd read it with my niece if she asked for a bedtime story. But honestly, just pick it up for the illustrations.

    where you'll find the magic.

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    O’Leary, Sara The Boy and the Blue Moon. PICTURE BOOK. Godwin Books (Henry Holt) (Macmillan), 2018. $18. 9781627797740

    A boy and his cat go outside during a winters blue moon. They hear magical music, find a new lake, and even travel to the moon. Filled with blue and white illustrations.

    This was an odd book that I probably wouldn’t add to my library. This feels like a dream the author had, sort of personal and mystical. I think that most younger students who dream of traveling in space would fin

    O’Leary, Sara The Boy and the Blue Moon. PICTURE BOOK. Godwin Books (Henry Holt) (Macmillan), 2018. $18. 9781627797740

    A boy and his cat go outside during a winters blue moon. They hear magical music, find a new lake, and even travel to the moon. Filled with blue and white illustrations.

    This was an odd book that I probably wouldn’t add to my library. This feels like a dream the author had, sort of personal and mystical. I think that most younger students who dream of traveling in space would find this incredibly boring.

    EL(K-3)– NO. Stephanie, Elementary School Librarian & Author

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