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Regards to the Man in the Moon

(Louie #4)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  66 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published July 15th 1987 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1981)
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Ben Truong
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Regards to the Man in the Moon is a children's book written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, which tells a story about Louie and his friend Susie who goes to space in a rocket ship powered by a child's imagination. It is the fourth book of four books in the Louie series.

The text is rather simple and straightforward. It is an endearing story about a shy boy named Louie and his friend Susie going into space on a spaceship powered by imagination. The writing has the power of a child's imaginatio
Ryan Madis
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
As far as the pictures themselves go, I dig. Some of the coloring techniques used were super appealing to me. I can't exactly pinpoint what the author did specifically to make these watercolored illustrations unique, but I did feel that they were unique to an extent. Each picture was very detailed, and in the middle of the book, there were a couple pictures with little to no words which was cool, just to take in the pictures without otherwise distracting words. I like that very much.

There was a
I didn't know this was the 4th of a 4 book series when I picked this up, but it doesn't seem to matter that I hadn't read the first three. Essentially, Louie is sad because his friends are making fun of him because his new father owns a junkyard. Stepdad tells him that anything can be treasure if you look at it the right way and use your imagination. So, Louie, Mom, & Stepdad build a rocket ship that's powered by Louie's imagination. Louie and his friend Susie take off for an adventure and a ...more
Randi Triantafillou
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Regards to the Man in the Moon, Is taking children to a new level of using their imagination and relating it to the Man in the Moon. The illustrations in the text help illustrate the content and help keep the excitement of the reader as they use their imagination. This is a fun/ adventurous story to read to children.

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Lynn  Davidson
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The neighbourhood kids make fun of Louie's dad, calling him the "junkman", so his dad shows Louie it's not really junk at all. It can be anything you want to imagine, so Louie and his parents build something that inspires imagination.
May 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
boring and choppy. No flow to the story. Even my kiddo was bored.
Rain Misoa
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sashel Palacios
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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
May 07, 2015 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
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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
Jeff Fortney
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Bryant Schumacher
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: etec-545-class-2
“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.

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Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
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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
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“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
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 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Hye Eun
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, friendship
Louis' friends are calling is Dad junkman because he got all these junk. However, with imagination, they can go into space. So, they go on an adventure to space with their wild imagination. Once, kids heard about his trip, everyone gathered and wanted to go to. This would be nice book to teach about not making fun of someone. Also, with imagination you can do anything. Illustration is nice with some real photos and paintings. Grade 1-2
Sarah Benson
I found the illustrations of this story to really be the highlight of the book. I was drawn in by Keats' combination of painterly backgrounds and figures with photographic and collaged pieces and thought the style lent itself well to the ideas of reality and the power of imagination. The storyline is fun as well and opens up many possibilities for make believe on one's own as the characters create adventure from junkyard materials.
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Ezra Keats always fuels our engines, and in this he takes us into outer space in a makeshift spaceship. This is for anyone who ever made a fort using chairs and bed-sheets, a mansion out of a refrigerator box, a broadsword with a stick or magically turned the air inside of a plastic teapot into hot Irish breakfast.
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