The Boy Who Loved the Moon by Rino Alaimo
Published by Familius
Often people speak of reading a book that changed their life. Rino Alaimo’s The Boy Who Loved the Moon is that book for me. The cover was too alluring to put down. I was in love. Once read, I was smitten and would happily shout it from the rooftops. Amore! Amore! It is one of the most delicious picture books I have ever read.
Almost fairy tale like The Boy Who Loved the Moon tells of a lonely boy who’s heart has been captured by the moon and his desire to win hers in return. Not unlike traditional romance stories such as the knight pursing the fair maiden the young boy is captivated by this illuminous beauty and makes an arduous journey to bestow on her a rose. But the moon rejects his gift. The boy more determined than ever embarks on a long journey across the turbulent sea in search of an exquisite pearl. He travels up through a blanket of stars to offer this new found treasure. Again the moon rejects his gift.
Disappointed the boy drew his sword and slayed the ferocious dragon of the forest retrieving its diamond eye. Again she rejected his gift as the moon did not care for riches.
The boy unwavering, ties a rope around the moon to hold her in place as the sun rises and gives her the greatest gift of all, the beauty of the colours of the day and wins her heart.
This book is rich in detail and will leave you in wonder of this tale of love, determination and triumph. Your heart can not but help break with every rejection but also feel the highs of the boys strength and commitment.
This gorgeously illustrated picture book is an adaption Rino Alaimo’s multi-award-winning short film, The Boy, and the Moon released in July 2012. To further enjoy Rino’s work, I urge you to view this film on YouTube.
The Boy Who Loved the Moon is a beautiful story that will penetrate the coldest of hearts with its eye-catching copper-tinged illustrations depicting the light from the moon set against darkness giving this its striking appeal.
Humans powerful desire to be accepted and loved shines brightly through a lonely boys hope that to pursue one’s dream and never falter will reap a reward that can only be treasured by the heart.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Rino Alaimo
Title: The Boy Who Loved the Moon
Published: June 2015