Rocket to the Moon!,
Rocket to the Moon!,
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Annotation: Presents a history of rocket technology, from ancient Chinese rockets, the "bombs bursting in air" during the War of 1812, and Russia's Sputnik program.
Catalog Number: #183048
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 132 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-419-73404-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-419-73404-5
Dewey: 629.45
LCCN: 2018022209
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The story of the first moon landing is something every child needs to know, and award-winning creator Brown (The Unwanted, 2018) makes it all that more engaging and accessible with his latest book. Narrating from the perspective of Rodman Law, the first man to fly a rocket, Brown recounts the history of the space race, from its explosive beginnings following WWII to its groundbreaking final discoveries. True to form, Brown skips over well-trod territory and retells the story with often overlooked details, such as the account of astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong fixing a broken switch on the Eagle with a ballpoint pen. Anecdotes like this make the book enlightening even for those familiar with the history; the end result is a broad yet eye-opening tribute to the astronauts' achievements. Brown's signature naturalistic watercolor art works wonders mple yet haunting, somehow capturing what often only a historic photograph can. The Big Ideas That Changed the World series is off to a promising start with this illuminating, cogent volume.
Kirkus Reviews
Brown launches the Big Ideas That Changed the World series with a graphic commemoration of the progr
Publishers Weekly
Launching the Big Ideas that Changed the World series, Brown-s historical graphic novel is narrated by Rodman Law, a daredevil in 1913 New Jersey, who frames the story after describing his own feats of parachuting and attempts to fly a rocket. Law provides a history of the discoveries that would enable space travel, the space race, and the (sometimes tragic) experimental missions that paved the way for Apollo 11. In pen-and-ink panels, Brown depicts such moments as Apollo 8 circling the moon, Apollo 11-s liftoff, and somewhat less heroic occurrences (-Get me a napkin quick. There-s a turd floating in the air,- says one Apollo 10 astronaut to another). Successive panels and spreads depict the Eagle-s landing and Armstrong and Aldrin-s first steps on the moon. Brown-s visual storytelling offers humor, vibrancy, and a wealth of historical insight. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Brown launches the Big Ideas That Changed the World series with a graphic commemoration of the program that put boots on the moon.Brown assumes the narrative voice of Rodman Law, a wisecracking professional daredevil who attempted to ride a rocket in 1913 ("Yeah, this oughta work") and beat the odds by surviving the explosion. He opens with a capsule history of rocketry from ancient China to the Mercury and Gemini programs before recapping the Apollo missions. Keeping the tone light and offering nods as he goes to historical figures including Johann Schmidlap ("rhymes with ‘Fmidlap' "), "cranky loner" Robert Goddard, and mathematician Katherine Johnson, he focuses on technological advances that made space travel possible and on the awesome, sustained effort that brought President John F. Kennedy's "Big Idea" to fruition, ending the narrative with our last visit to the moon. Aside from the numerous huge, raw explosions that punctuate his easy-to-follow sequential panels, the author uses restrained colors and loose, fluid modeling to give his mildly cartoonish depictions of figures and (then) cutting-edge technology an engagingly informal air. He doesn't gloss over Laika's sad fate or the ugly fact that Wernher von Braun built rockets for the Nazis with "concentration-camp prisoners." Occasional interjections and a closing author's note also signal Brown's awareness that for this story, at least, his cast had to be almost exclusively white and male. A frank, often funny appreciation of our space program's high-water mark. (index, endnotes, resource lists) (Graphic nonfiction. 8-11)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 6,202
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.0 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 501747 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:8.3 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q76985
Lexile: GN940L
Guided Reading Level: W
Fountas & Pinnell: W

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But it wasn't just one man who got us to the moon. The Moon Landing explores the people and technology that made the moon landing possible. Instead of examining one person's life, it focuses on the moon landing itself, showing the events leading up to it and how it changed the world. The book takes readers through the history of rocket building: from ancient Chinese rockets, to "bombs bursting in air" during the War of 1812, to Russia's Sputnik program, to the moon landing. Beautifully illustrated and well-researched, this book is the perfect resource for curious readers and tomorrow's scientists. It includes a timeline of space travel, a bibliography, and an index.

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