Fae and the Moon (Hardcover)
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Filled with fearsome monsters, fascinating lore, and vibrant illustrations, Fae and the Moon is a much-needed adventure story about overcoming despair through the powers of love and hope.
"The book's lessons about believing in oneself and the importance of family are clear, important, and meaningful. . . . An entertaining fantasy story about personal empowerment and family love." --Foreword Reviews
"Easy-to-follow panels and concise dialogue conjure an epic quest that provides audiences with a handy stepping stone into larger fantasy worlds." --Publishers Weekly
Fae, in mourning for her missing mother, sits night after night below the Moon that her mother so loved. Then one night she discovers she can pluck the Moon out of the star-filled sky! Back safe in her house, she holds it close, feeling comfort at last. But Fae loses the Moon, and finds that taking it has awakened ancient monsters--rats, dragons, and more, who hunt it for themselves. Will Fae be able to reclaim the Moon, find her own inner strength, and save the world from eternal darkness?
About the Author
Franco Aureliani is a New York Times bestselling and multiple Eisner award-winning artist and illustrator. His works include Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures, Young Justice, Green Lantern the animated series, Itty Bitty Hellboy, and the Dino-Mike series. Franco's most recent titles include Superman of Smallville, Arkhamanics, and The Ghost, the Owl. He has worked for Dark Horse Comics, Archie Comics, IDW, Action Lab Entertainment, and Cartoon Network. Franco is also owner of the AW YEAH COMICS publishing and retail stores featuring Action Cat and Adventure Bug.
Catherine and Sarah Satrun are twin artists who specialize in 2D animation and illustration. Their animation projects include Sesame Studio's The New Neighbors, Seth Meyer's The Awesomes, and Mearra~ Selkie from the Sea, which aired across the country on PBS. Their work can also be seen in commercials such as Lucky Charms, Trix, and My Little Pony, and in comics including Aw Yeah Comics issue #12 and Ladies Night Anthology: Sisters. See more of their work at sketchyduo.squarespace.com.
In Franco Aureliani's charming graphic novel Fae and the Moon, a girl pulls the moon from the sky, hoping that it will bring her mother home to her.
Fae lives in her little house with the company of two rats, Frik and Frak, and one rabbit, Percival. She longs for her absent mother, who loved the moon, planted a moon garden, and told Fae stories about the moon. So Fae pulls the moon from the sky, hoping that if her mother sees that it is no longer there, she will come home. But taking the moon leaves the night in complete darkness and the world's inhabitants vulnerable to dangers that Fae did not anticipate.
The colorful illustrations add life and energy to the story. Their lines are graceful, and their depictions of movements and emotions are thrilling. Each character acts in accordance with motivations that are often unpredictable; who is (and who is not) loyal to the heroine is not obvious. This carries the plot through some surprising twists: a nefarious rat king with an army of underlings and an angry dragon are exciting elements that challenge Fae as she attempts to keep the danger at bay, protect the moon, and find her mother.
The story is set in a fantasy world, and the magic that Fae uses fits the setting well. Fae learns that she has the
strength to take care of herself and to face the world and its dangers on her own. The book's lessons about believing in oneself and the importance of family are clear, important, and meaningful.
Fae and the Moon is an entertaining fantasy story about personal empowerment and family love.
— Foreword Reviews
This cozy graphic novel fairy tale by Aureliani (Peach and the Isle of Monsters) and twin animators and comics illustrators the Satruns examines grief through the lens of a winsome protagonist embarking on creature-filled adventures. Still reeling from the death of her mother, red-haired, pale-skinned Fae finds comfort in her companions, a talking white rabbit named Percival and gray mice named Frik and Frak, who help her maintain her mother's garden. But the vivid dreams she has of her mother convince Fae that the woman is still alive, stalling her grieving process. Desperate to reunite with her mom, Fae builds a ladder out of tree branches and plucks the moon from the sky, hoping that doing "something so big she just has to notice" will prompt her mother's return. But Fae's theft lures villainous creatures to her door. Suddenly being pursued by the Rat King, Fae struggles to keep the moon captive while uncovering secrets from her mother's past and encountering betrayal at every turn. The Satruns enliven Aureliani's familiar character arcs and stakes with brightly colored illustrations rendered in soft lines reminiscent of wide-eyed, Disney-esque protagonists. Easy-to-follow panels and concise dialogue conjure an epic quest that provides audiences with a handy stepping stone into larger fantasy worlds.
— Publishers Weekly