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|Armstrong : the adventurous journey of a mouse to the moon|
Author: Kuhlmann, Torben
A long time ago a mouse learned to fly ... and crossed the Atlantic. But what happened next? A mouse on the moon--where dreams are determined only by the size of your imagination and the biggest innovators are the smallest of all.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.90
Points: .5 Quiz: 190465
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.50
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 69572
School Library Journal (+) (00/08/16)
Booklist (+) (08/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2016 Gr 2–6—Uniquely similar in artistic design and writing style to Kuhlmann's Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse, this title relates the story of another clever mouse's fascination with the moon, which, his telescope shows him, is actually "a giant ball of stone"—not the big ball of cheese that his friends say it is. An invitation to visit the Smithsonian Museum and its room full of mouse-size flying machines and some encouraging advice from an old gray mouse docent ("Study human knowledge") fill the tiny inventor with the determination to pursue his dream of a moonshot adventure that even a catastrophic setback cannot subdue. But police detectives are on the mouse's trail; locating parts for his rocket and space capsule becomes a dangerous game. As the small rodent pulls on his spacesuit, the police arrive with their sniffing dogs, just in time to witness the successful blastoff up the chimney and into orbit. Kuhlmann's exquisitely rendered realistic illustrations—most in watercolor and pencil—are filled with minute details; annotated architectural renderings show each phase of the mouse's inventions, then pieces and parts, in photographic detail as various components are assembled. "A Short History of Space Travel" includes drawn and painted "photos" and bits of information about scientists, animals, and astronauts who were key figures in U.S. and Soviet space programs leading to the first moon landing. VERDICT This beautifully illustrated story is a feast for mind and eyes and a strong selection to complement STEAM curricula.—Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Public Library, OH - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 08/01/2016 *Starred Review* Kuhlmann is no stranger to animal inventors (Moletown, 2015) or mice with a penchant for flight (Lindbergh, 2014), and his newest illustrated tale dovetails the themes with a stargazing mouse who shoots for the moon. Opening with a wordless double-page spread, a tiny mouse stands atop a pile of books in a cluttered attic to look through a gigantic telescope at the night sky. He decides to share his discoveries at a secret mouse meeting, but when he makes the exciting announcement that “the moon is a giant ball of stone!” his fellow mice refuse to believe it could be made of anything other than cheese. When a letter arrives confirming his lunar declaration and inviting him to the Smithsonian, the mouse makes the journey to the museum, where he finds a small room devoted to mouse aviation history. Inspired, the mouse decides he will design his own flying machine and travel to the moon—something not even humans have yet accomplished. Kuhlmann intermixes beautiful wordless spreads and paragraphs of text as the mouse studies, sketches, builds, and ultimately takes to the skies. Rich with adventure and the spirit of discovery, the text rightfully declares, “Nothing is too difficult for a clever mouse!” A concluding history of space travel adds context for the story, highlighting key events and individuals—human and otherwise. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.