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The Moon's Revenge

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Seppy forces the moon to give him his wish, to be the maker of enchanted fiddle music, but almost pays a horrible price for it.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 12th 1987 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 1987)
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Jul 29, 2008 X rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this when I was maybe 12 and have loved it since. It's a fairy tale sort of story about a boy who wants to be the best fiddler in the land. Following the advice of whispered voices (devils? angels?) in an abandoned room, he throws his shoes at the moon, thereby bringing the moon's wrath upon him and eventually his village in the form of a seven year curse. Alan Lee's beautiful illustrations help to bring the story to life.
Oct 04, 2013 laurenpie rated it it was amazing
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A fiddle, a monster and lots of shoes: you can't go wrong!

This is without a doubt my all time favorite children's book! My kids adored it when they were young, and still do. I have such fond memories of reading it to them! We would go to the SDSU library once a week and read this book. Sigh. Smile.

The story is sweet and adventurous and the artwork is truly lovely.

Incidentally, this story does an excellent job of showing how if you love music you will practice a lot, and if you practice a lot, yo
Dec 27, 2014 Kat rated it it was amazing
I found this book quite by chance, looking for something to read to my son (he's four). Although there are some ins and outs of the story that are still beyond him, he loves it, and has asked for it again and again (as four-year-olds do).

As for me, I love it too; it's beautifully told, and the illustrations are beautiful as well (I have a hard time with children's books with ugly or deliberately crudely executed illustrations; kids need beautiful things too--perhaps even more than grown-ups, who
Aug 26, 2014 R.L. rated it liked it
This book was given to my son in 1987.

I felt the story was well-written and beautifully illustrated, but it is far too complicated for young children or even early readers. It is perfect for later grades or even middle-school. But by middle-school children don't necessarily want a picture story book.
Anthony Faber
Feb 14, 2014 Anthony Faber rated it it was amazing kids' book. A fairy tale about a boy who angers the Moon to get a wish. It "explains" why the Moon is all marked up. Good for what it is.

Jul 02, 2012 Gerriane rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was 7 or 8 and I loved the illustrations! The story itself is also beautiful but it's been such a long time since I've read the book that I've forgotten most of it. All I remember is a dragon, shoes, a fiddler and his sister.


For those who already have a copy/have seen a copy, READ IT RIGHT NOW! I promise you it'll be a ride to remember.
May 20, 2013 Rosemary rated it it was amazing
I read this book as a small child and I loved it. I still remember it now as an adult. Must read it again some time.
Jul 13, 2015 Kayli rated it really liked it
This was marvelous! Quite a different story, well-told, with excellent pictures.
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Mar 08, 2009 Jessica Lanan rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites since I was a child. I love the illustrations the most.
Dec 11, 2011 Sem rated it really liked it
The 4 stars are for the illustrations. The story is daft.
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