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The Man in the Moon

The Man in the Moon

Illustrated by: William Joyce
For Ages: 4 - 8
  • reading group guide
  • bestseller
In the first book of a multibook series, find out how a round, jolly baby became the great white hope of the Milky Way—and ringleader of the Guardians of Childhood.

Up there in the sky.
Don’t you see him?
No, not the moon.
The Man in the Moon.

He wasn’t always a man.
Nor was he always on the moon.

He was once a child.
Like you.

Until a battle,
a shooting star,
and a lost balloon
sent him on a quest.

Meet the very first guardian of childhood.
MiM, the Man in the Moon.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 56 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442430419 | 
  • September 2011 | 
  • Grades P - 3 | 
  • Lexile AD830L
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The author of The Guardians of Childhood series, William Joyce, speaks to teachers and librarians.

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Reading Group Guide

A Discussion Guide to

The Man in the Moon
(part of the Guardians of Childhood series)

by William Joyce

Discussion Questions

1. Before reading this with the group, ask them if they have ever heard of the Man in the Moon. Then ask them if they know of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Jack Frost, Mother Goose, the Sandman, and the Tooth Fairy. What do they know about each one? Are there different stories about each of these characters? How do the students respond to the varying stories?

2. How did the Man in the Moon get his nickname? Who gave it to him?

3. Describe Pitch. What kind of person is he?

4. “Night-light, bright light, sweet dreams I bestow. Sleep tight, all night, forever I will glow” was a beloved song for MiM. What tune do you think this song can be sung to? Can you make up your own tune for this song?

5. Compare and contrast the Moon Clipper to the Nightmare Galleon. Which ship was the best one? Provide evidence from the book to support your answer.

6. After the great explosion on the moon, who took care of the infant MiM? What was his schooling like?

7. Would it be fun to jump around the moon and explore all the many tunnels and craters?

8. Moonbots, moonmice, lunar moths, and glowworms make good companions, so why was the Man in the Moon feeling lonely?

9. When the Man in the Moon discovered his parents’ telescope, what did MiM look for first? see more

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About the Author

William Joyce
photograph (c) Tony Reans

William Joyce

William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Numberlys; The Man in the Moon; Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King; A Bean, A Stalk, and a Boy Named Jack; and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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