Cover image for The moon ring
Title:
The moon ring
Author:
DuBurke, Randy.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Summary:
One hot night, Maxine goes on a wild adventure thanks to the magic of the blue moon.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 150 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.3 1 Quiz: 33156 Guided reading level: K.
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9780811834872
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Item Holds
Searching...
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Searching...
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
Searching...
Searching...
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Searching...
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Searching...
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Searching...
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Searching...
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Searching...
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Searching...
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

In the light of a blue moon, the second full moon in a month, Maxine discovers something amazing in the grass: a magical moon ring! Ahead lies a night of adventure beyond anything Maxine could have imagined, as she is whisked around the globe, from the ice floes of Antarctica to the sunbaked African savannah to the neon lights of New York City. Is it all just a dream? Only Maxine and her grandmother know for sure. Playful illustrations make this exciting adventure story one that children will ask for over and over again!


Author Notes

Randy DuBurke is the creator of The Moon Ring and the recipient of the John Steptoe/Corretta Scott King New Illustrator Award. He lives in Switzerland and New York.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

There's a blue moon ("second full moon in a month") in the sky on a hot summer night, and "magic loves blue-moon light," Maxine's grandmother tells her. Sure enough, a ring of silver (the ring and the moon appear in metallic paint on the page) falls from the sky and carries Maxine off to exotic locales: a polar penguin hangout, a sun-drenched savanna (where a giraffe becomes her trusty, if somewhat unsteady, steed) and even New York City. Then, with a final "Whoosh!" Maxine finds herself safely back in the reality of her home only, what are that giraffe, seal and penguin doing in Maxine's backyard? The episodes at times seem like snapshots cobbled together, while the text offers little more than obvious descriptions of the pictures' action. But veteran editorial illustrator DuBurke's artwork makes up for the narrative's awkward pacing. His illustrations, rendered in pen, ink and acrylic, feel as magical as Maxine's lunar ring. With an offbeat aesthetic that combines an almost photographic realism with cartoon exaggeration, DuBurke's full-bleed spreads and framed panels exude a giddy energy. Maxine, with her infectious, authentic enthusiasm, communicated via lanky limbs and an expressive face, takes her wild adventures in stride. Ages 4-8 (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-On the cover of this story of a magical trip, a pleased-looking African-American girl relaxes in the curve of a metallic silver moon above the skyline of New York City placed, surprisingly, behind a herd of running giraffes. As the story begins, Maxine, who sports short overalls and purple goggles, is resting with her grandmother on the porch after a hot day when they notice that there is a blue moon, a sure sign of magic. A silver ring falls from it and grants Maxine wishes, which she uses to travel to the Antarctic, the African savanna, Manhattan, and home again. The story alone is a typical, childlike, wish-fulfillment sequence, but the illustrations make it special, for DuBurke is a master of pose and expression. The word "adorable" comes to mind when looking at Maxine's penguin walk and walrus ride; and the tiny silhouette of giraffe and girl on the Empire State Building in front of the silver moon is a charmer. Most unusual and appealing are the juxtaposition of realistic human bodies and faces with flat, cartoony clothes, settings, and animals. The story is really just a vehicle for the art, but these are impressive illustrations.-Ellen Heath, Orchard School, Ridgewood, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.