The Dog Who Danced on the Moon


Jeremy Grace dreams of the moon and stars. He has lofty ambitions, hopes and schemes that lead to him being laughed at by fellow pupils and belittled by teachers. Meanwhile, his dog, Maxwell, dances, cane and tuxedo prepared. Could it be that Maxwell’s dreams might inspire Jeremy to continue to study and scheme and hope?

Then again, what if the pair apply for a position as astronauts? After all pets are welcome? Or could it be that Jeremy’s seen as too young, too inexperienced? Or might it be that his knowledge, devotion and understanding make him perfect for the job? That he and Mabel are destined to fall asleep beneath ‘meteor showers’ and fix ‘satellites that were almost destroyed having drifted in front of a large asteroid‘? Then again, what about discoveries or even… aversion of space disasters?

Bookwagon loves the message, the inspiration, the breadth of vision within this glorious picture book. The Dog Who Danced on the Moon is a most wonderful, exhilarating and beautifully formed picture book from John Boyne and Ashling Lindsay. We suggest it is a splendid read aloud choice, a picture book to hold close, know well and read often.

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The Dog Who Danced on the Moon

John Boyne, illustrated by Ashling Lindsay

(Penguin Random House)

‘-Jeremy Grace- ha[s] a remarkable interest in space’, staring ‘at the Moon and the stars in the sky/ imagining life on the planets nearby’. Meanwhile, Maxwell his pooch, has ‘both rhythm and flair‘. It seems that ‘rather than walking’ he ‘dance[s] everywhere’. How could it be that these two, with dreams and beats unlike any others, find places where they’re appreciated?
Could it be that beyond school, where Jeremy’s laughed at and belittled, Maxwell’s dancing might inspire him? Thereafter, that Jeremy pledges to fulfil his dreams to be whatever he wants ‘an inventor or cook‘ a writer, explorer, magician, or footballer? Then again, what if the pair might move forward. Might they arrive at a time that they alight upon an advertisement? Could this be Jeremy’s chance to become a space explorer? Then again, what about Maxwell? Might he be The Dog Who Danced on the Moon? 
John Boyne presents his first picture book, a rhyming story of aspiration, friendship and determination. We love the tender tone, the joy and exhilaration. Then again, we admire Ashling Lindsay’s pictures. They seem to soar from flashes of brilliance to a bubble of hopes to the stars. Just think of her beautiful work in The Tide, for example.
Bookwagon suggests that The Dog Who Danced on the Moon is a superb choice for reading aloud, coming to know well and reciting, holding close and treasuring. What a beautiful book.



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