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The Moon Jumpers
by Janice May Udry and Maurice Sendak

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Four years before Where the Wild Things Are won the Caldecott Medal, Maurice Sendak produced some of his most spectacular artwork for The Moon Jumpers. Printing technology has greatly improved since this enchanting picture book was first released more than fifty years ago, and now, with new color separations, the reproduction of Maurice Sendak's artwork comes closer to his stunning originals than ever before.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Four years before Where the Wild Things Are won the Caldecott Medal, Maurice Sendak produced some of his most spectacular artwork for The Moon Jumpers. Printing technology has greatly improved since this enchanting picture book was first released more than fifty years ago, and now, with new color separations, the reproduction of Maurice Sendak's artwork comes closer to his stunning originals than ever before. Sendak's wondrous starry skies and Janice May Udry's evocative text immediately transport us back to cool, moonlit nights and fill us with the universal warmth of childhood. The Moon Jumpers' timeless beauty and inspiration earned it a Caldecott Honor in 1960 and will surely gather a new generation of fans.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060284602
  • ISBN-10: 0060284609
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publish Date: February 2013
  • Page Count: 28
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Imagination & Play
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Bedtime & Dreams
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-02-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

The late Sendak received a Caldecott Honor in 1960 for his paintings of a group of children cavorting by moonlight in this quiet story from Udry, which is being rereleased in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are in 2013. Sendak’s images alternate between small, squarish, b&w vignettes—an owl perched on a branch, a woman and her husband poring over a book indoors—and full-bleed scenes of the children’s nocturnal play, as they dance and tumble like Matisse figures on the lawn. The hushed quality of Udry’s prose (“The warm night-wind tosses our hair. The wind chimes stir”) is a lovely companion to the deep blues, greens, and purples of Sendak’s paintings, giving the story an enchanting sense of nighttime magic and possibility. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)

 
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