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Willoughby & the Moon (Willoughby)

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  126 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Every night, the moon outside Willoughby's window gets smaller, and smaller, and smaller . . . until one night it disappears!

But Willoughby isn't afraid of the dark. Not really. He just wants to know where the moon went.

When he finds it in the most surprising place, he sets off on a magical adventure and meets a new friend who seems to be scared of lots of things—moon bugg
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Balzer + Bray
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Jun 23, 2011 Kathryn rated it liked it
Nothing really held my interest here; my favorite part was the shiny silver of the moon and its creatures. It might be beneficial for children who are afraid of the dark or sleeping by themselves, but I much prefer Foley's Bear books (i.e., Don't Worry Bear).
Scott Robins
Jul 24, 2010 Scott Robins rated it liked it
A cute story about a young boy who is perplexed when the moon disappears. He follows a snail through his closet to the moon to try and find a missing ball. The snail who is afraid of many things is encourages by Willoughby to face his fears. Books that use silver ink are instantly attractive to me, the story was satisfying if not a bit surreal and I'm sure teachers will love incorporating this book into units on the moon and space.
Traci Bold
Dec 03, 2015 Traci Bold rated it really liked it
Lovable Willoughby is up to his antics again but this time his curiosity in intrigued by where the moon goes when it gets dark outside. Willoughby is afraid of the dark and he is most secure when the moon shines in on him.

So, Willoughby along with the help of a giant snail, finds the moon.

A sweet story to ease children's fear of the dark.

Written and illustrated by Greg Foley, published by Balzer & Bray.
May 14, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2011, picture
I liked this book! The artwork is stunning and captivating. The book is printed in black and white with silver ink. It makes for stunning pictures, though the text can be hard to read on the page in some places.

As I was reading the book, I was struck but how great this book would be in grades 3 - 5 as part of an earth/sun/moon unit. Willoughby doesn't understand why the moon disappears (a great writing prompt!) and travels to visit the moon. Not all of the details are accurate, which would be a
Jun 09, 2011 Relyn rated it liked it
Shelves: lawsonland
Our summer school theme is NASA and space this year. So, I am teaching fiction and non-fiction about the moon, stars, and aliens. We have lots and lots of cool plans. For example, we are designing our own life-sized aliens, having spaceship races (decorated Frisbee), writing poems about what the moon is really made of: green cheese, milk, white chocolate, a pearl... Their ideas are vast and fun. As a part of summer school, we are reading tons and tons of moon, star, and alien related books. I'll ...more
Ariel Cummins
Dec 18, 2012 Ariel Cummins rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Another adventure with Willoughby, this time to the moon! With a scaredy snail! I have the same reservations as with the first book -- the illustrations are unusual and beautiful in their usage of silver leaf, but I didn't find the writing or story particularly wonderful.

The silver is used much more heavily in this title than the gold was in Willoughby and the Lion, to the point where I find it slightly overwhelming.

An interesting and pretty book, but not my favorite.
Sep 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This follow-up to Willoughby and the Lion has the same fantastic illustration style that is unlike anything else. Instead of gold ink, this one has silver. I didn't like the story as much (I'm not sure I understood), but the near black-and-white blending of cartoon and photo was still awesome. Points for the map of the moon, including the INSIDE of the moon (??).
This is a great example of how children's imaginations can work. When something is a mystery, they can very often create reasons why it happens.
The images in this book are very interesting because they are only in black and white. The main character is very brave, and through his bravery, he makes new friends.
Aug 28, 2010 Sandy rated it it was ok
Strange book about a boy who goes to the moon through a door in his bedroom and finds a giant snail who is looking for his silver ball. However, both the boy and the snail each have qualities that the other do not, so they learn something from each other. C. 2010, Genre-fantasy
Jan 11, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I loved this book for so many reasons. It was completely unexpected (snail on the moon in his closet), fun pictures (shiny silver and pretty), the moon diagram (showing craters and interior) and a cute message about conquering fears.
Jul 22, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it
Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended (2011)

Very interesting illustration style, often white lines on black background, and many of the pages, particularly on the moon, are metallic! Really neat. Cute bedtime story for littles.
Sep 14, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it
Another gorgeous and cool books from Greg Foley. Using blacks and silver this time the drawings are magnificent and the story is very clever.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I liked the illustrations especially the silvery pages, but something seemed missing from the story for me.
Aug 10, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
Another adventure for Willoughby - the artwork is very modern and keeps both mom & Cooper interested.
Nov 27, 2010 Gwen rated it liked it
Shelves: juv-books
The illustrations in this book are very interesting- very shiny and very black.
Nov 26, 2011 Daniel rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I love the black, white, and silver palette, and this is a good book about courage.
Oct 27, 2014 Kristina rated it did not like it
Just weird, and the graphics were too much for my eyes- ouch!
Mar 11, 2011 Timothy rated it liked it
A very charming children's book about childhood fears and the moon.
Feb 04, 2015 Brandielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: space
A wonderful picture book with a definite science edge.
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Award-winning author-illustrator Greg Foley grew up in Austin, Texas, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He now designs and creative-directs Visionaire, V Magazine, VMAN, VFiles and lives in Greenwich Village, New York.

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