|Countdown : 2979 days to the moon|
Author: Slade, Suzanne
The story of Apollo Missions 1-11 opens with the goal Kennedy set in 1961 and ends with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the moon in 1969.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.40
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 195769
Kirkus Reviews (07/01/18)
School Library Journal (+) (10/01/18)
Booklist (+) (09/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/01/2018 *Starred Review* Using narrative free verse, Slade recounts the U.S. race to the moon, focusing on the 2,979 days between President Kennedy’s put-a-man-on-the-moon speech (May 25, 1961) and the successful lunar landing (July 20, 1969). She details Apollo 1’s explosion, which caused the deaths of three astronauts; Apollos 2–3, which were grounded to retool for safety; Apollos 4–6, which tested the lunar module; Apollos 7–10, which returned astronauts to space and orbited the moon; and Apollo 11, which landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface. Slade’s text is succinct yet full of intimate, insider details (for example, Armstrong and Aldrin left a patch commemorating the Apollo I astronauts on the moon), and the verse format results in appealing white space on most spreads. Gonzalez’s mixed-media illustrations employ a realistic style that focuses on objects of significance: astronauts in full gear; a detaching, spent rocket engine; a fragile lunar module settling onto the Sea of Tranquility. Darker hues predominate, accented with bright yellows, reds, and oranges depicting rocket launches. Each chapter concludes with a spread summarizing the various missions and their astronauts, illustrated with captioned archival photos. Further information about the Apollo program, author and illustrator notes, and a bibliography are also appended. Elegant and informative, this is sure to attract casual browsers and true space nerds alike. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2018 Gr 5 Up—This stunning book accurately details the U.S. space race to the moon and the very real dangers and pitfalls that accompanied it. Slade's carefully crafted, often alliterative text, written in free verse, is both succinct and readable, drawing this large topic down to the most necessary and interesting facts with enough detail to excite young teens as well as adults who may have lived through the missions. Gonzalez states in a note that his goal was "to create the illusion of being there," and indeed he has, from the science fiction–looking cover, which shows the moon's glowing reflection on an astronaut's helmet, to the lifelike portraits of the astronauts in pastels, watercolor, colored pencil, and airbrush. The text emphasizes the short amount of time it took for the program to succeed, from the first ill-fated mission in January, 1967, to Apollo 11 in July, 1969, that carried two men to the moon. VERDICT Truly out of this world. A must-buy for most poetry collections.—Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Public Library, OH - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.