‘The boy who climbed into the moon’ by David Almond

This is a charming and refreshingly different book, written by the acclaimed author of Skellig. It’s about a young boy called Paul who I feel is quite a lonely child with a lot going on in his mind, even if he finds it challenging to articulate himself. It’s a quirky book set in a bit of a strange reality with odd characters, like Molly, who at first gives off the impression that she’s losing her marbles, but later you start to consider whether she is in fact a genius.

It’s a stimulating read as even though Paul’s questions and ideas are not supposed to be real life truths, it does make you think that generally we should be more inquisitive about what we learn, how we understand the world and other people.

Being nothing like I’ve read before, it’s hard to compare to similar books to help you consider whether this is a book you might like to read or not. I guess it’s less challenging and ‘deep’ as A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and more challenging then say The Grunts. It does have pretty cool illustrations if that floats your boat. Have a look at the blurb below and see if it tickles your fancy.


One of my favourite bits of the book is when Paul meets a person who lives in the moon. Many people are there and stuck – many of whom have quarreled in the past back on Earth, but who grown to understand and know each better. This character, Fortuna, who Paul meets says these wise words:

“A week or two in the moon and they revert to being good, kind people again, just like all of us can be. Huh! Maybe everybody down on Earth should be made to spend a year up here in the moon. That’d get things sorted.”

Thought provoking…

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Ella, Year 6 says:

    After a busy cake sale,watching people stuff their face with cake – an absoloutly charming thing to watch, not – I need to sit and read a book. I probably only have a couple of chapters left.. hwn I’m going to read a boy called hope by Lara Williamson because alot of my friends recommended it to me… next (if it’s ok with you) I might borrow Parent agency as it sounds like my kind of book. I forgot to say to you have a nice weekend so.. have a nice weekend! Ella x

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    1. vteubler says:

      I started reading A Boy Called Hope today, thank you so much for lending it to me. It’s going to be an emotional one I think… Thanks again

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  2. Ella, Year 6 says:

    P.S. I made a typo that ‘hwn’ word was meant to say then! x

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  3. Ella, year 6 says:

    I’m really intreuged in this book. I haven’t got an actual book that I’m reading at the moment, I’ve downloaded lots of stuff on my kindle. I think this will be a good next read for me.

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