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publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.

Martin on the Moon

by Martine Audet, illustrated by Luc Melanson, translated by Sarah Quinn

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list price: $16.95
edition:Hardcover
published: Apr 2012
ISBN:9781926973166
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
Description

An active daydreamer, Martin can't help his mind from wandering on the first day of school. His teacher's waving arms remind him of the seagulls that fly along the river banks, which reminds him of a summer trip he took with his mother, which reminds him of a poem he wrote, which reminds him... When his teacher gently calls him back to Earth, Martin is embarrassed about his inattention. But when his whole class laughs along with him, Martin happily realizes that his imagination can help him make friends and have fun at school. The spirit of this whimsical story comes alive through the pairing of inquisitive and unexpected words and simple yet surreal illustrations. Nominated for the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l'enfance et la jeunesse in its original French, Martin on the Moon explores the poetry, beauty, and possibility of the first day of school.

About the Authors

Martine Audet

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Luc Melanson

LUC MELANSON won a Governor General’s Literary Award for illustrating The Grand Journey of Mr. Man by Gilles Tibo. He has illustrated many books, including Rosario’s Fig Tree by Charis Wahl. Book of Big Brothers by Cary Fagan and Pink by Nan Gregory were both finalists for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. Luc lives in Laval, Quebec, with his family.

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Sarah Quinn

LUC MELANSON won a Governor General’s Literary Award for illustrating The Grand Journey of Mr. Man by Gilles Tibo. He has illustrated many books, including Rosario’s Fig Tree by Charis Wahl. Book of Big Brothers by Cary Fagan and Pink by Nan Gregory were both finalists for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. Luc lives in Laval, Quebec, with his family.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 100
Grade:
p to 4
Awards
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, Best Bets for Children List, Ontario Library Association
Editorial Reviews

"The first day of school is many things, but one of the most poignant is the painful longing for the freedom of the days just past, and...in Martin on the Moon we feel that twinge of nostalgia for times past as well as the promise of good days ahead."

— Booksforkids.blogspot.com

"A valuable tool to help adults understand how children learn, and to share with little ones the importance of occasional flights of the imagination."

— Quill & Quire, Starred Review

"...has a lovely poetic quality as Martin makes it through his first day of school."

— Media Macaroni

"No classroom clichés here. Rather, creativity and inspired teaching in full bloom."

— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"An adorable story that the entire family will love."

— YA Books Central

"A compassionate, refreshing take on the common theme of "first day" jitters."

— Publishers Weekly

"Martine Audet creates a curious hero and a classroom environment where he can flourish, and Melanson's visual mix of the literal and the symbolic is spot-on for early elementary students."

— Shelf Awareness

"This quiet story is suited for times of reflection...a suitable additional purchase."

— School Library Journal

"Amid the crowd of picture books that depict a child's first day of school, Martin on the Moon stands out as a beautiful, whimsical, and unconventional offering...One of the loveliest aspects of the text is how it quietly but persistently affirms the importance of children's exploration, wonder, and excitement."

— CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

"Audet’s story is beautifully matched with Luc Melanson’s dream-like illustrations. Both prose and visuals flow from page to page, mirroring Martin’s stream of consciousness and Melanson’s digital illustrations fittingly provide the ethereal landscape through which Martin’s story drifts."

— Canadian Children's Book News

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Martin on the Moon

Martin spends a lot of time in his own little world — a world where he attempts to catch butterfly giggles with his camera and where his mother’s smile is a big, wide river. But not today. Today is the first day of school and he will listen to his teacher — his teacher whose hair is the colour of his cat and whose face reminds him of his mother’s smile, which reminds him of the river, which reminds him of the rain...

Martine Audet’s words, translated by Sarah Quinn, lead us through the poetry in Martin’s mind until the teacher calls, “Where are you, Martin? On the moon?” Martin learns that sharing his imagination is an important way of reaching out and an exciting way to make new friends.

Nominated for the 2011 Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, Audet’s story is beautifully matched with Luc Melanson’s dream-like illustrations. Both prose and visuals flow from page to page, mirroring Martin’s stream of consciousness and Melanson’s digital illustrations fittingly provide the ethereal landscape through which Martin’s story drifts.

In reading Martin on the Moon, young readers aged four to eight will experience first-hand how poetry can “paint pictures in your mind and make music in your heart” and how imagination can bring new friends together.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2012. Volume 35 No. 4.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Martin on the Moon

An active daydreamer, Martin can’t help his mind from wandering during class. When his teacher calls him back to Earth, Martin is embarrassed about his inattention. But when his whole class laughs along with him, Martin realizes that his imagination can help him make friends and have fun at school. This title is also available in French as Xavier-la-lune.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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