In the fishing village where he lives, David sits alone by the shore at night, watching the path of light that stretches across the sea until it almost touches the moon. Wondering, Where does it go? Then one day he hears a voice of the Moon-Angel.
Why not try the moon-path tonight?
As David will discover, the glimmering moonlit path leads to a magical world behind the moon-a beautiful garden. And golden riches and a great flying horse to whisk him back to earth. But first he will have to battle a giant.
This fantasy book is sometimes rambling and hard to follow. It is the story of a boy named David who wants to go to the Moon. With the help of a cobbler friend named Hans Krout, David is shown how to walk along a moon path that will take him to the moon. There he meets the man-in-the-moon and is given a job of polishing the stars. Soon he gets a three-day vacation to go to the moon garden where he plays with the children who live there, none younger than three or older than twelve. He meets a young girl named Phyllis and becomes enchanted with her. To win her hand he must find the wonder-box and the know-all book which are never fully explained to the reader. David finds these objects by riding a black-winged horse to the Iron castle occupied by the Iron Man who is in possession of these objects. The tale is reminiscent of Jack and the Beanstalk, however, it is a fanciful tale with many turns and twists and meant for only the most patient of readers. 2002, First Starscape Edition/A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 5.99. Ages 10 up.