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|Rocket to the moon!|
Author: Brown, Don
Looks at all the people that made space exploration possible. In graphic novel format.
Big Ideas That Changed The World, #1
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.00
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 501747
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 8.30
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 07698
Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/15/18)
School Library Journal (+) (02/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/04/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2019 Gr 3–7—Brown's new graphic nonfiction series follows a "big idea" from conception to fruition. This first installment starts with early rocket science, details the Apollo 11 mission, and ends with Gene Cernan, the 12th and last (so far) Earthling to walk on the moon. Early 20th-century daredevil Rod Lawman narrates, providing commentary and keeping the tone light, like Nathan Hale in the "Hazardous Tale" series. Much of the dialogue is direct quotations, cited in the endnotes. Brown addresses information that's sometimes omitted from children's texts: only men were considered for the early astronaut programs, people and animals died in rocket tests and space flights, and Wernher von Braun forced concentration camp prisoners to build rockets for the Nazis before he surrendered to the Americans. Explosions feature in many of the dynamic illustrations, as rockets were just as likely to blow up as they were to take off, and readers will be amused by frank descriptions about dealing with bodily functions on early space missions. Back matter includes a time line of spaceflight and rockets and information on Rodman Law. VERDICT A must for youth graphic collections.—Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.