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Regards to the Man in the Moon (Louie #4)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  215 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
When the other kids make fun of Louie and call his father "the junkman," his dad explains that the so-called junk he loves "can take you right out of this world" with a little imagination. So Louie builds the spaceship Imagination I and blasts off into his own space odyssey. Reissued just in time for the fortieth anniversary of the first lunar landing, this fantastical Kea ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 28th 2009 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published 1981)
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May 07, 2015 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's a brand-new family in Louie's life, but that isn't enough for him to fit in automatically with the other kids in his neighborhood. His new father, Barney, is a junk dealer, and Louie's peers aren't too impressed. So Barney concocts a way to use the antiques he collects to open the door to an arena of adventure for Louie and his potential friends, an arena whose only limits are the confines of the universe, too vast and voluminous for all the human minds in history put together to fathom ...more
Bryant Schumacher
“They were getting close to home when Ziggie finally dropped the rope.” Louie, a young boy with a dad obsessed with “junk” is quite embarrassed by what other children in the neighborhood have to say about his father’s unusual affinity. Louie’s father explained his love for these objects by revealing that they could take him to another place if Louie just used some imagination. He takes his father up on his advice and builds his own spaceship to explore the world and beyond.

Keats’ again presents
Abby Spiel
Regards to the Man in the Moon is a book all about imagination! Kids at school make fun of Louie and call him a Junkman, but Louie's father encourages him that the things in the junkyard aren't junk. He finds that he can really let his imagination run wild with his father and Louie builds a space ship and puts up a tarp with a picture of space and tells the kids from school that he is off to the moon! They don't believe him till little Susie joins Louie on his adventure and the kids start to see ...more
Sashel Palacios
Nov 09, 2014 Sashel Palacios rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats is a children’s book intended for children ages 4-7 and really does a great job of encouraging children to use their imagination. In the course of the story starts when the a man collection of “junk” turns into a spark of interest in using his imagination to build a rocket ship. After building "Imagination I” at school, Louie and hi classmate Susie both jumped in the rocket and were ready for blastoff! Once in the sky, their imagination went wild ...more
Jeff Fortney
Oct 15, 2014 Jeff Fortney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book on the power of the imagination. Louie is embarrassed that his dad is the local junkman. His father retorts that with a little imagination some of this stuff (junk) "can take you out of this world."
So Louie gets to work building Imagination I...his version of Voyager III (much to the snickering delight of his peers. Even though they are mocking him, he invites them to come along if they have the needed amounts of imagination. One little girl decides to go with him...eve
Feb 25, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: etec-545-class-2
The main character of this story is Ziggie, who is embarrassed by all of his father's "junk" and is sick of the other kids making fun of him. His father encourages him to use his imaginatiuon and Ziggie builds Imagination I! With the help of his friend Suzy, they blast off and travel through space (even helping some friends along the way). I enjoyed this story because it shows the power of children's imagination and friendship. It also shows how hard it can be for children to fit in if they are ...more
Rosa Cline
Aug 22, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, favorites
This would be en excellent book to purchase for a gift for a child. The story and illustrations are wonderful! Mr Keats does well with most his books I've read but this one I really enjoyed reading to my 2 year old granddaughter.

The child in the story is being teased because they live in what the other kids call a 'junk yard' but his parents tell him with imagination he could go to the moon. So they set out to build something where he can go into space... his friend calls out to him and want to
Jul 26, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
I picked this book up because I love Ezra Jack Keats' work and I needed a book for a Moon Preschool Storytime. It's not exactly what I'm looking for, and would be better for a more general Space Storytime. Louie and his parents are planning a journey "right out of this world" on his ship the Imagination I, which no surprise, runs on lots of imagination. Early the next morning, him and a girl named Susie blast off into space seeing seeing all kinds of planets and galaxies. Eventually they bump in ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Professor rated it really liked it
Cute story about the power of imagination to transform junk into spacecraft. It reminded me a bit of Ray Bradbury's short story about a junk man who builds his children a rocket ship simulator. It's a lot of fun to read with exaggerated, Bowery Boys style accents and my son is too young to realize that, yes, it's a bit dated in the style of the spacecraft. All I know is he constantly wants to put a colander on his head to imitate the boy in the book. This could be a bug instead of a feature for ...more
Regards to the Man in the Moon follow a little boy named Louie who has a huge imagination, but the other kids around him tease him for it. He wants to travel through space so he creates a spaceship out of discarded junk and paints a space backdrop. The neighborhood continues to make fun of him and his imagination. The next morning, he and Susie jump in their spaceship and shoot up into space. Up in space, they encounter Ziggie and Ruthie who decided to join them up in space but ran out of imagin ...more
Rain Misoa
Sep 04, 2011 Rain Misoa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 4-7 and anyone looking to expand their imagination!
Recommended to Rain by: We Give Books
Shelves: childrens-books
This is one of the children's books that I read for We Give Books, A Pearson Foundation Initiative to help children all around the world obtain books. It's an organization that gathers many campaigns in one spot on the web to encourage people to read many books for children. With every book you read, one gets donated to the campaign you signed up for. (There's quite a few campaigns available.) A very good friend of mine, Nicole Terazue, recommended this site to me since she knew I loved reading ...more
Nov 15, 2009 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ezra Jack Keats is a classic picture book author. Your library isn't complete without at least a few of his books.

This one is less well-known, I think, than some of the others such as The Snowy Day... and I'm not very surprised.

The story itself is great. A kid is teased for his father owning a junkyard, and his parents help him use the junk to build a pretend spaceship... so he and some of the other kids pretend to travel through space, and the story is built up with what they pretend to see. Gr
Oct 12, 2013 Nada rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was amazing! It is set up in a circular structure where it starts out in reality and ends back in reality.

The cover of the book is a glimpse of the imaginative adventure the children take. Our eyes are immediately drawn to the kids due to their close positioning to us as the viewers. Our eyes then move to the moon and their diagonal journey towards it.

The entire book is set up to be full bleed double page spreads. This allows us to feel as though we are going on this imagina
Oct 15, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Regards to the Man in the Moon is a story filled with creativity and imagination. The children in Louie's neighborhood pick on him and call his pop "the junkman." His pop soon teaches Louis that there is a lot of imagination hidden in "junk." Louie and his friend use all the creativity and imagination they have to soar out of this world on the Imagination I into outer space. The children in the neighborhood soon follow and try to use their imagination too.
The images of the planets and other s
Oct 13, 2013 Felicia rated it really liked it
Regards to the Man in the Moon is the imaginative adventure amongst friends who turn other peoples' junk into dream machines.

The front cover features two children inside what looks to be an enlarged teapot floating in a dark black sky. The vector line from the female child shows her looking directly at the moon, while the male child seems to be looking off the page. The image continues onto the back cover where we have a clear picture of where the male child was looking. The vector lines from hi
This book is a wonderful addition to a unit on the Moon. It is also a great book to use when talking about using imagination.
This could apply to writing, reading like a writer, or science. "You have to be willing to think outside of the box, or in this case, the bathtub, in order to see what possibilities are really out there sometimes. What are some things that you like to imagine? What are some things we could use in this room to pretend we were going to outer space?"

I would LOVE to show the
Apr 25, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story about a boy who is being made fun of by his classmates because his parents own a junkyard. He uses his imagination and takes himself and those making fun of him on an amazing adventure. The illustrations are so colorful and bright. I would love to have this book in my classroom library, and use it to discuss bullying.
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Grade Level Equivalent: 2.4

Summary: Louie is a boy who dreams of going to outer space. Everyone teases Louie about his dad calling him the "junkman," but by using this junk he is able to build his space craft named "Imagination I." Louie and his best friend Susie travel to space and encounter new planets, but the two teasers Ziggie and Ruthie have followed them. Louie and Susie must now save the other two kids before they are stranded in space forever.

Lesson Integration: This book is a good text
Sherry Thornberry
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Jun 18, 2015 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-2015
Louie's unhappy because the other kids call his father "the junkman." But his father knows that it's not just junk: "All a person needs is some imagination! And a little of that stuff can take you right out of this world!" So Louie builds the "Imagination I," A spaceship fueled entirely by imagination - and blasts off into an adventure that will dazzle children and adults alike.

This is actually a strange and sort is sad story. The neighborhood kids call this guy's dad the junk man? That's awful.
Cara Byrne
Aug 25, 2015 Cara Byrne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A smart, engaging picture book about a young boy who is bullied by his classmates for his father, whom they nickname the "junkman," but when his father encourages him to use the junk for imaginative play what results is budding friendships that overcome classism and racism.
Jan 28, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“All a person needs is some imagination, and a little of that stuff can take you out of this world”

Louie is embarrassed because his friends call him the junkman, so when he tells his dad, both his parents get to work showing Louie and his friends that junk is only in the eye of the beholder.

Louie had no idea that you could build a space explorer with the things in his backyard, but his parent understood and that set Louie on a day of adventure.

“It’s not Voyager 3, it is Imagination 1”

Sometimes y
Jan 06, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
As we were weeding and re-labeling some books in the collection, I came across this title by Ezra Jack Keats that I had never seen before. It's a great story and would be fun to use with kids studying the solar system!
Kris Odahowski
Apr 29, 2014 Kris Odahowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great descriptive story on imagination in a child's life. This book shows parents and adults a supportive role in supporting creative play. Nice. Read on We Give Books 4/14
Michael Fitzgerald
Feb 09, 2016 Michael Fitzgerald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Not the greatest concept or text, particularly the dialogue, which feels false. One extra star for the illustrations, which do capture the spirit of imagination.
Feb 15, 2015 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice watercolours style backgrounds, great story about imagination. A little unresolved at the end.
May 02, 2016 Ranea rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book about the power of imagination.
Apr 08, 2015 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story about the power of the imagination!
Rebecca Martin
This book is perfect to read when I want my students to start using their imaginations in class. When we learned about using story baskets from the Alliance Theater, we learned how to use props when telling a story. The students will have to be able to use their imaginations when looking and interacting with the props. I think that this book would be a great introduction for a story basket. At the end of the story I would tell the students that we are going to do more story baskets and they need ...more
Aug 19, 2009 Dayna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrensbooks
The story and illustrations in this book are beautiful.

Louie is the son of a "junk" man and his wife. Who is teased because of his parents career in junk. His father teaches him to see past the pile as just junk and use his imagination to travel to outer space.

I loved Susie...the brave girl that steps forward to ask if she can travel to space with Louie. He tells her it all depends..."got lots of imagination?"

Reminds me of summer days of my youth where the couch became a ship and the red carpet
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