Moon Man

Moon Man is the second title written by David Donohue about the remarkably gifted Walter Speazlebud. Alikeable and engaging hero, Walter possesses the gift of Noitanigami (‘imagination’ spelt backwards). In layman’s terms he has the power to send people and things backwards in time. In this latest installment Walter travels back in time to 1969 to prove that the moon landing happened. Unfortunately for Walter his beloved grandfather, who shares in the power of Noitanigami, suffers from Alzheimer’s and is no longer a reliable partner in crime. To make matters worse, Walter is only coming to grips with his newly found powers and he still has a lot to learn! He must therefore rely on the able assistance of his friends – plucky, Kung Fu expert, Annie Zuckers and gentle Levon, in order to complete his task. Moon Man’s strong appeal lies in the fact that it is brilliantly written: credibility and pace is sustained throughout. The scene where Walter and his heroes, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, land on the moon is excellently crafted. Donohue is also very adept at developing the characters without departing from the evolving storyline. For instance, in the course of Walter’s visit to NASA, we learn a lot more about the impetus behind Walter’s father’s desire to create new inventions. Moon Man is uproariously funny in many places and children will delight in the antics of Walter’s grandfather as he attempts to send Walter and his friends backwards and forwards through time. Set largely in America in 1969, there is a persistent American tone to Donohue’s writing, a tone that will no doubt appeal to younger readers because of its instant familiarity. Suitable for readers aged 8 to 10, Moon Man will delight and enthrall younger and older readers alike.