Moon Man crash lands on Earth and is imprisoned by the authorities who fear his strangeness. His unique qualities (i.e. the ability to wax and wane) enable him to escape, and he leads a fugitive existence until he meets Doktor van der Dunkel who builds a rocket so he can return home to his ‘shimmering seat in space’. Moon Man, as portrayed in Tomi Ungerer’s illustrations, is a very sympathetic character and this picture book could lead to fruitful discussions about prejudice and people’s fear of the unknown.
This book is not currently available as an individual picturebook. However, Moon Man is included in Tomi Ungerer: A Treasury of 8 Books (9780714872858), Phaidon £35