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The Man in the Moon is the first picture book in the Guardians of Childhood series. It tells the story Tsar Lunar, the very first Guardian who lives on the moon and protects the dreams of all the world's children.


Up there in the sky. Don’t you see him?

No, not the moon.

The Man in the Moon.

He wasn’t always a man.

Nor was he always on the moon.

He was once a child.

Like you.

Until a battle,

a shooting star,

and a lost balloon

sent him on a quest.

Meet the very first guardian of childhood.

MiM, the Man in the Moon. 

The Cast of Characters

  • The Man in the Moon
  • Tsar & Tsarina Lunanoff
  • Nightlight
  • The Moonmice
  • The Moonbots
  • The Glowworms
  • The Lunar Moths
  • Pitch, the King of Nightmares
  • Fearlings
  • Nicholas St. North / Santa Claus
  • E. Aster Bunnymund / The Easter Bunny
  • Toothiana / The Tooth Fairy
  • The Sandman
  • Mother Goose


Reader's Reviews


"A fabulous recapturing of an old, real fairy-tale world. Dark. Mysterious. Stunning!" - Maurice Sendak, Caldecott-winning creator of Where the Wild Things Are 

William Joyce, to put is simply, is a genius, and we are lucky to have another book from him. The Man in the Moon is filled with tenderness, love, and enchantment. It's an unforgettable story which will, I predict, take its rightful place in the hearts of children everywhere." - Brian Selznick, author/illustrator of the Caldecott-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret  

"Each of William Joyce's books has been more beautifully painted, more magically imagined, and more deliciously written than the one that came before. The Man in the Moon is the latest dazzling masterpiece— the one we Joyceans, young and old, have been pining for." —Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier& Clay[[|[1]]]


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  • Reading Age: 4 & Up
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