|How we got to the Moon : the people, technology, and daring feats of science behind humanity's greatest adventure|
Author: Rocco, John
This guide to the people and technology of the moon landing by an award-winning author/illustrator is a must-have for space fans, classrooms, and tech geeks.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG+
Reading Level: 8.30
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 510120
School Library Journal (00/09/20)
Booklist (+) (09/01/20)
The Hornbook (+) (00/11/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2020 Gr 5 Up—This illustrated nonfiction book depicts each step of the scientific and engineering journey that facilitated the moon landing. The history of the Apollo program takes a back seat to the explanations of various rocket science concepts. This is often presented in a problem-and-solution format, which adds a narrative aspect to the otherwise technical texts. The hand-drawn illustrations move from portraits to technical drawings with remarkable ease. Every page provides graphic features, including illustrations or callout boxes. Many graphics-heavy nonfiction books can be overwhelming, but this work's aesthetic is classic and coordinated. The stories of the people and their process are given as much weight as the many diagrams and engineering marvels. Several of the collage illustrations and individual profiles show the people of color and women who helped with the NASA program while acknowledging the overall lack of diversity and problems within both the time period and institution. There are a lot of books about the Apollo program, but this one offers many unique elements that make it a good addition to a collection. VERDICT A gorgeously illustrated nonfiction book about the Apollo program and the space race that does its best to highlight diversity and the human story but focuses primarily on engineering. An engaging second-level purchase for medium and larger libraries.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage P.L., AK - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.