Jack Frost
Jack Frost

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Annotation: Introduces the Man in the Moon's valiant friend, Jack Frost, who becomes an advocate for children in peril by bringing joy to the cold season of the year.
Catalog Number: #109193
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Atheneum
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Theophilopoulos, Andrew,
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-442-43043-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-90615-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-442-43043-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-90615-0
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this new addition to the Guardians of Childhood series, which spans picture books, novels, and film, Joyce (The Man in the Moon, 2011) supplies an imaginative account of Jack Frost, the boy Guardian who never grew up. During the Golden Age, he is known as Nightlight, sworn to protect the Man in the Moon and light his way. But when the Nightmare King attacks, Nightlight is flung to Earth, where he awakens many years later as Jackson Frost, "an icy boy . . . whose slightest breath or touch brought spirals of frost." Cold and lonely, he flies aimlessly until he remembers his earlier oath to guide and protect, and finds renewed purpose watching over the children of Earth. Stars, planets, clouds, and snow swirl within multimedia illustrations that utilize rich colors and light's soft glow. Joyce takes care to fill the book's pages with a story that recalls Peter Pan at times and is fuller than many tales written for such a young audience. An enchanting fantasy.
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Word Count: 740
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 177386 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.6 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q66751

Discover how Jack Frost keeps the hearts of children happy in the third picture book in Academy Award winner William Joyce’s New York Times bestselling and “dazzlingly inventive” (Publishers Weekly) The Guardians of Childhood series.

Before Jack Frost was Jack Frost, he was Nightlight, the most trusted and valiant companion of Mim, the Man in the Moon. But when Pitch destroys Mim’s world, he nearly destroys Nightlight too, sending him plunging to Earth where, like Peter Pan, he is destined to remain forever a boy, frozen in time. And while Nightlight has fun sailing icy winds and surfing clouds, he is also lonely without his friend Mim. To keep the cold in his heart from taking over, he spreads it to the landscapes around him and earns a new name: Jack Overland Frost.

But a true friend always comes through, and on one particularly bleak night, Mim shines down and shows Jack a group of children in great peril. Through helping them, Jack finds the warmth he’s been yearning for, and realizes bringing joy to others can melt his own chill. It is this realization—that there will always be children who need moments of bravery, who need rosy cheeks, who need to build snowmen, and who are then eager for a spring day—that makes Jack realize why he is a forever boy, and worthy of becoming a Guardian of Childhood.

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