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by Greg Foley & illustrated by Greg Foley

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: May 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-154753-9
Publisher: Andersen Press USA

Close on the heels of his previous adventure (Willoughby and the Lion, 2009), young Willoughby faces his fears in the light of a disappearing moon. When the little boy discovers that the moon is no longer shining into his room at night, he opens his closet to find himself instantly transplanted to the Lunar surface. There, a large snail searches in vain for a lost silver ball. Willoughby merrily traipses where the snail will not, but when it looks like the ball is within the dark center of the moon, it takes an extra bit of courage on the boy’s part to face his fears and help his new friend. Rather than follow Willoughby’s previous adventure to the letter, Foley gives this tale an entirely different moral and quest, and the book is stronger for it. The illustrator’s black-and–metallic-silver inks meld with his digital imagery to give the story an unexpected visual consistency. A far cry from the usual fear-of-the-dark fare—and a strangely comforting and beautiful one. (Picture book. 4-8)