Moonhead and the Music Machine

Moonhead and the Music Machine Review

Life's a peach when you've got a moon for a head and your head's in space. You can wander out of the Earth's atmosphere on intergalactic daydreams, drift blissfully across star-speckled skies and fly close to the Sun, like a fireproof Icarus.

Snap! Back to reality—having a moon for a head at high school is much more tricky. You get picked on for your "crater-face" and the cool kids kick your head around like a soccer ball!

But when the school talent contest is announced, Joey spots an opportunity to impress his classmates and so begins Joey Moonhead's stellar mission to create a music machine that is out of this world!

An imaginative and visually poetic take on the stock American high school drama, Moonhead and the Music Machine is a subtle blend between Napoleon Dynamite and Ovid's Metamorphoses. Andrew Rae's graphic novel is life-affirming and powerfully illustrated.

Andrew Rae is a London-based illustrator with a worldwide client base through his work in advertising, print, publishing, and animation.


Title:Moonhead and the Music Machine

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  • [Shai] The Bibliophage

    How odd?! That's my initial reaction after checking out this graphic novel by Andrew Rae. The illustrations are undeniably eye-catching, but I just don't get some parts which I found really strange. A...

  • David Schaafsma

    This is just silly, but it has a little edge of surrealism that I like. I thought it was hilarious, actually. But the story itself, on the bare surface, is typical YA alienation, though not dark and b...

  • Michael

    An interesting take on young adult tropes, Moonhead and the Music Machine is one of the more bizarre and intriguing graphic novels I've read in recent memory. Joey Moonhead is aptly named -- he and hi...

  • Nicola Mansfield

    I'm not sure what to say or where to start with this review. I really liked this book, both the story and the art; however, I will admit I don't *get* it and am perplexed by its meaning. I don't reall...

  • Naty

    I wanted to like this story because it was recommended to me by a friend whose opinions I trust. But the story overall is just...meh. I don't have any strong feelings about it one way or another. The ...

  • Maude

    Dominique a piqué ma curiosité lors de notre cercle de lecture avec cette bd... j'ai a-do-ré! les planches sont magnifiques, colorées et l'histoire touchante. deux pouces dans les airs pour le pas...

  • Stewart Tame

    The story itself is an old, familiar one: oddball kid, picked on by the popular kids, discovers hidden talent, impresses everyone, discovers that true friends are what really matter. What elevates thi...

  • Derek Royal

    A nice story, especially one that would appeal to a younger audience. But was this one written with that certain readership in mind? And am I not giving the book it's due by framing it as a book prima...

  • Edward Sullivan

    Joey is a normal kid in every way expect for one: he has a moon for a head. Weird and funny. ...

  • Kathleen

    A musical, magical coming of age story! Very enjoyable, would re-read. My favorite part is all the made-up album covers....