The World From the Side of the Moon by Philip Phillips

Philip Phillips

Bibliographic Information:

Phillips, P. (2012). The world from the side of the moon. Santa Monica, CA: Interscope.

Plot Summary:


  • Man on the moon
  • Home
  • Gone, gone, gone
  • Hold on
  • Tell me a story
  • Get up get down
  • Where we came from
  • Drive me
  • Wanted is love
  • Can’t go wrong
  • A fool’s dance
  • So easy

Critical Evaluation:

Rolling Stone calls Philips’ sound “Mumford & Sons-esque” (Hyman, 2012). Billboard compares him to Dave Matthews Band (Philip Phillips, 2012). He is new to the music scene and it will take more than one record before audiences will know what type of artist he will be.

Reader’s Annotation:

Philip Phillips debut album continues the sound he made popular on Idol; acoustic rock with catchy lyrics and a strong beat.

Information About the Author:

Philip Phillips broke onto the music scene when he won the eleventh season of American Idol in 2012. Born September 20, 1990 in Georgia, he has been making music since he was fourteen and learned to play the guitar. Later, he started a band with his sister and brother-in-law.

After graduating high school, he went to Albany Technical College where he graduated with a major in Industrial Systems Technology and kept playing with the band. In the summer of 2011 he auditioned for American Idol.

For more information and music please visit his site at


  • Pop music
  • Acoustic rock

Curriculum Ties:

  • N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

  • N/A

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 12 and up

Challenge Issues:

  • N/A

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:


“Driven by his acoustic-guitar bravado, and full of sweeping verses and uplifting power-pop hooks, Moon will feel instantly familiar to fans who discovered Phillips on Idol.”

“the album actually plays out more like the year’s second-best Dave Matthews Band release.”


Hyman, D. (2012, November 19). Phillip Phillips calls his own shots on debut
album. Retrieved May 9, 2013, from Rolling Stone website:

Philip Phillips. (2013). Retreived May 10, 2013 from!featured

Philip Phillips. (2013, March 20). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 10, 2013, from




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