David Almond continues to surprise and delight readers with his tween-ish books of late. Here is THE BOY WHO CLIMBED INTO THE MOON (Candlewick 2010) which uses magical realism to tell the story of a young boy named Paul whose chance encounters on the stairs and the elevator in his apartment building lead him on a grand adventure. Paul decided one morning that he should go and touch the sky. It seems a silly idea to others but not to Mabel (or is it Molly her twin sister?) who encourages Paul to pursue his dreams and to speak his thoughts freely. Before long, Paul and his parents and Molly (or is it really Mabel?) are heading out the door and around the block and back again. Will a ladder reach high enough? What will happen when Paul reaches the moon? Almond's book, at its heart, encourages readers to have dreams, to pursue them, and to think the sillies thoughts they can think of that just might be true. Polly Dunbar is again tghe illustrator as she was with MY DAD'S A BIRDMAN, another wonderful tale for children and for the child in all of us.
Here is one of the photos from the Printz Award, confirmation that I was indeed there and did not imagine this magical evening.