Go for the Moon: A Rocket, a Boy, and the First Moon Landing

Chris Gall. Roaring Brook, $19.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-250-15579-5
In the hours leading up to the Apollo 11 mission, a child imaginatively follows the astronauts’ movements: “The astronauts are ready for the mission, and so am I.” As the boy (dressed in a NASA shirt) is pictured pulling the small rocket he built in a red wagon, the Saturn V is transported to its launch pad. Gall provides technical details relating to the stages of the voyage, with cutaways offering a view into command and service modules; readers next see the events through the boy’s eyes (he replicates the Eagle from cardboard). Finally, the family gathers around the television for the landing: “Everyone is so nervous that no one speaks.” Gall uses approachable analogies to illuminate STEAM concepts, and an author’s note recalls Gall’s experience watching the moon landing as a child, further personalizing this edifying and heartfelt story. Ages 5–8. (June)
Reviewed on : 04/04/2019
Release date: 06/11/2019
Genre: Children's
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