The Magical Moonballs

Laura L. Seeley, Author, Laura L. Seeley, Illustrator
Laura L. Seeley, Author, Laura L. Seeley, Illustrator Peachtree Publishers $16.95 (40p) ISBN 978-1-56145-063-3
Reviewed on: 09/28/1992
Release date: 10/01/1992
Paperback - 48 pages - 978-1-56145-189-0
Prebound-Glued - 978-0-606-15628-8
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-87463-2
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Personification comes to seem like an infectious disease in Seeley's (The Book of Shadowboxes) latest picture book. Virtually everything in her feverish illustrations--houses, hearths, couch cushions, cans of food, twentyone meatballs / and seven dill pickles, and so on ad infinitum--comes with human facial features, replete with grin. None other than that bastion of anthropomorphism, the man in the moon, starts off the story with a sneeze. Its impact scatters the clouds into magical moonballs which descend to earth emitting squeals full of happiness. Somewhere between a host of manic Mr. Bubbles and those well-choreographed armies of germs depicted in children's health science films, the moonballs dance their way down a chimney with spry somersaults, / laughing out with delight, and then explore a house. There they entertain a resident teddy bear, until One by one they slipped out / full of final 'Farewells!' / leaving faces of friendliness / under their spells. At best, verse and art are merely insipid. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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