Regards to the Man in the Moon: 05/02/15
Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats is the fourth of the Louie books. Louie is upset because the neighborhood kids have been teasing his father, calling him a junk man. So he and Louie conspire to show them the importance of reusing and upcycling.
Louie and his step dad get to work to make a neighborhood version of Verne and Méliès's masterpiece. They make their rocket ship out of cardboard and other materials left in the scrap yard. As the children get wrapped up in their project and then in the playtime, Keats's illustrations switch more and more to showing what they are imagining.
Journey to the Moon
As the daughter of an antiques dealer, I could relate to the teasing Louie received. Every vacation we went on, we invariably ended up visiting local dumping sites for those forgotten (and free!) gems that could be fixed up and sold (for profit!) Locally there were the estate sales (morbid but kind of fun, see Bad Houses by Sara Ryan. And worse of all, there was the occasional Dumpster diving.