Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Sea Of Tranquility” as Want to Read:
The Sea Of Tranquility
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Sea Of Tranquility

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  127 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Leading up to the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, the excitement of this momentous event is captured through the eyes of a child in this glorious picture book, reformatted with a new cover design. Mark Haddon is the prize-winning, highly-acclaimed author of the best-selling novel 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time'. Years ago there was a little ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 19th 1996 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1996)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Sea Of Tranquility, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Sea Of Tranquility

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details

What a lovely book to inspire curiosity in young children about planets and space! It is Mark Haddon’s (author of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’) recollections of when he was a young boy with a picture of the solar system on his bedroom wall, looking out of his window at night and wondering about the moon above him. He dreams of travelling to the moon and visiting the features he has read about in books. One night the first moon landing takes place and he is fascinated to th
Christine Turner
Sep 03, 2009 Christine Turner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space
Years ago, a little boy gazed at the moon, dizzy with the thought that he was looking at a world 200,000 miles away. As he read atlases and library books and kept clippings on astronauts orbiting the moon, he hoped and hoped that they would find a way to land there. And one extraordinary day they did, captured on his flickery TV, like giants bouncing in slow motion. When the boy fell asleep, he dreamed that he walked with them too. In this lyrical, transporting tale, Mark Haddon, the boy in the ...more
May 06, 2009 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Haddon, Mark Footprints on the Moon pgs. 32 Candlewick Language~G, Sexual Content~G; Violence~G

“Years ago, a little boy gazed at the moon, dizzy with the thought that he was looking at a world 200,000 miles away.”—excerpt from front flap hardcover edition

In his eloquent prose, Mark Haddon (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) recalls how as a young boy he longingly gazed at the moon and dreamed of one day becoming an astronaut. Then on July 20,1969 man took a monumental step into histo
Alexa Maring
This book made me think about what it would be like going on the moon and I know it would make students start imagining if they went to the moon as well. Let students imagine, but also use this as a teaching tool about the Apollo 11 moon landing. Though the book itself never states the exact same of the landing, it would be fun for students to investigate on their own about the landing. As the young boy in the book went downstairs three a.m. to watch this wonderful event in history, allow the st ...more
Teresa Gartland
Footprints on the Moon is a historical fiction picture book. This book is about a boy who dreams of one day being an astronaut and walking on the moon. When Apollo 11 does land on the moon he is able to watch it on TV, later that night he dreams that he is walking on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. I think that this book would work very well to introduce a creative writing piece during the Earth and Space thematic unit. I would read this book and have students pay particular attent ...more
Jack Kirby and the X-man
A fictionalisation of the author's childhood dream to walk on the moon.

NASA's Constellation program may be planning to return people to the moon for the first time since 1972 - but somehow I doubt that in 40 years time someone will write a picture book about how it deeply affected their lives...

Oh - and I like the new cover much more than the original - I suspect its going to be a long, long, long time before children have the opportunity to walk on the moon!
A sweet story about dreams of walking on the moon. This would probably be a great read aloud for ages 4 through 7 or so. It left me admiring the wonderful illustrations and longing for the time when Americans (at least those that I knew) were excited about space exploration. A very attractive book with a nice story, fabulous illustrations and no snarky humor. Perhaps a nod to simpler childhood times.
Wooden Horse
I have had a fascination with space for nearly 30 years so when I saw this book in the catalog I just had to buy it. I enjoyed Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time when I read it over 6 years ago. I just loved the dreamy soft illustrations.
This is another picture book on the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. This one ranks as one of my favorites, for it is written from a 7 year old boy's perspective. His imagination is ignited by the space program. To read the historical event through his eyes is quite moving. And it helped ignite my son's imagination for all things space and rocketships.
Jul 29, 2011 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
A child's dreams of walking on the moon like Aldrin and Armstrong come to nothing, probably because the child is British and also because NASA doesn't do that sort of thing any more (if it ever did, of course). He could approach that Beagle bloke with the sideburns from the Open University I suppose, but realistically he's better off just staring out of his window lamenting.
Apr 28, 2011 Becca rated it really liked it
This inspirational story should be a reminder to all children that if you are interested in something, embrace it. Although this little boy never actually went to the moon, he knows more about it than most, and always has a place in his heart for it. Follow your interests, should be the message taken from this story. Would recommend for bedtime, or for 1-3 graders who love to read.
Catherine Woodman
THis book is a great idea, but not a great rendition. I did not love either the text nor the illustrations. Do not recommend this one.
Penny Noel
Dec 12, 2013 Penny Noel rated it it was ok
It was an okay story. Not the best I've ever read but it had a few moments that held my attention. Much of it felt like filler and really didn't contribute to the story.

A man remembers his boyhood fascination with the moon and the night mankind first bounced through the dust in the Sea of Tranquillity.
Aug 02, 2013 Clementine rated it it was ok
Staff Favorites
Staff Favorites rated it really liked it
Aug 27, 2011
Nancy Alpert
Nancy Alpert rated it it was ok
Apr 10, 2014
Caitlin rated it liked it
Jul 20, 2013
Chanel Brown
Chanel Brown rated it it was amazing
Jun 04, 2013
Stacy rated it liked it
Mar 28, 2011
Lakaya Anderson
Lakaya Anderson rated it it was ok
Jul 16, 2015
Betsy rated it really liked it
Jan 04, 2012
George rated it liked it
Sep 05, 2011
Chris rated it it was amazing
May 30, 2015
Amy rated it it was amazing
Jan 28, 2010
Anne-Marie rated it liked it
Mar 06, 2013
Miri rated it liked it
May 15, 2014
David Brown
David Brown rated it liked it
Jan 05, 2014
Dawndawn rated it really liked it
Jul 24, 2008
Cheryl rated it really liked it
Apr 01, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Hairy Maclary's Showbusiness
  • Eyes, Nose, Fingers, and Toes
  • Mrs. Armitage: Queen of the Road
  • Memorial
  • Wombat Divine
  • Pete the Sheep-Sheep
  • That's Not My Teddy
  • The Adventures of Abdi
  • Thomas the Tank Engine Story Collection (Thomas & Friends)
  • Children Just Like Me
  • Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley
  • Museum ABC
  • My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch
  • Mieko and the Fifth Treasure
  • "Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate
  • The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas
  • Home And Away
  • Zoom, Rocket, Zoom!
Mark Haddon is a British novelist and poet, best known for his 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. He was educated at Uppingham School and Merton College, Oxford, where he studied English.

In 2003, Haddon won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and in 2004, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Overall Best First Book for his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-t
More about Mark Haddon...

Share This Book