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If You Decide To Go To The Moon

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  410 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
Two artists at the height of their powers have created a beautiful book with an unforgettable message about the moon and an even more important message about the earth. A publishing event!

"If you decide to go to the moon," writes Faith McNulty, "read this book first. It will tellyou how to get there and what to do after youland. The most important part tells you how to get
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Scholastic Press
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Lisa Vegan
Oct 20, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: for learning some facts about the moon and earth too
Wow, this one was all over the place for me.

I didn’t like the cover illustration or several of the other illustrations but adored many of them, including the first page (love the cats & dog when they appear!!!), the moon shots, the foldout page, and many others. Just lovely!

There is some excellent information about the moon and moon exploration (for instance: the American flag put up got blown over when the spacecraft left, and because there is no air to carry sound waves, there is no sound,
Crystal Marcos
Oct 05, 2010 Crystal Marcos rated it really liked it
If You Decide to Go to the Moon would encourage a young reader interested in space and especially the moon. It is told in a fun way to help kids understand what their life would be like if they decided to go to the moon. It also showed the great appreciation one would have for earth and its resources after returning from the adventure. I thought that was a nice touch. Steven Kellogg illustrations and the fold out in the book added magic to this story. I also learned very interesting information ...more
Nov 04, 2010 Brenda rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Future Space Explorers
Recommended to Brenda by: Picture Book Club
Shelves: picture-books
If You Decide To Go To The Moon was written with lower grades in mind but in its 4O pages provides a lot of information on how to get to the moon, what do to after you land, and how to get back home. The book will easily appeal to children who are interested in space exploration and the illustrations are representative of how things would look. The final fold out pages very nicely express the idea of protecting the environment. I read this for the November Picture Book Club selection here on Goo ...more
Courtney Barter
Jan 24, 2017 Courtney Barter rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
If You Decide to Go to the Moon gives everyone who reads it a chance to imagine what it would be like if they were to go to the moon. The book gives plenty of facts about the moon, Earth, atmosphere, and space. While reading this book, I imagined myself traveling to the moon. Toward the end of the book, there are two fold-out pages with beautiful, bright, and colorful illustrations. I'm ready to strap on my space suit and take a trip to the moon! Sci-Fi.
Jaclyn Giordano
Apr 26, 2010 Jaclyn Giordano rated it really liked it
"If You Decide to Go to the Moon," written by Faith McNulty and illustrated by Steven Kellogg, is an award-winning, nonfiction picture book intended for readers in kindergarten to grade three. This book has won numerous awards, including the Parent’s Choice Silver Honor Award in 2005, which honors texts that are “designed to entertain and help children develop universally ethical attitudes, and rigorous standards and skills” ( This text was also honored with the Boston ...more
Kirah Marshall
Sep 17, 2016 Kirah Marshall rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-summaries
1. This book takes you on a trip to the moon. It begins by telling you what you need to pack, like food, drinks, and of course, a space suit. It tells you how your journey will begin, that first you must go through the atmosphere. Once you're past the earth's atmosphere, it explains that you will see stars everywhere. Every which way you look, you see stars. It tells us what stars are made of and tells about comets and asteroids. Then it tells you that it is going to take a while to get to the m ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
I’ve reread this several times over the years, as a librarian, a parent, and now a graduate student looking at those “complex texts” the CC standards require. It’s an unusual book: a mix of fiction and nonfiction elements, a second person point of view, an oversized square format with a double foldout. Paired with a more traditional nonfiction book about the moon or space travel, If You Decide to Go To the Moon would make a perfect text for looking at the ways different authors present similar i ...more
Laura Verret
In this fanciful book, the reader is walked through step by step what would happen, and what would be required of him, were he to decide to go to the moon.

Although not extraordinarily scientific, If You Decide does teach children about some of the basic supplies needed to complete a space flight – space suits, oxygen tanks, etc. – as well as provide them with a sense of what it might feel like to be poised in the black night of space surrounded by nothing but the pinpoint brilliance of a thousan
Evelyn Tapia
May 16, 2014 Evelyn Tapia rated it really liked it
The story begins by describing the whole journey from earth to the moon. It literally seems like if it were an instruction manual being read to you in a whole different fun way. It then goes on to inform us about the first humans to go to the moon in July 1969 A.D. At the end it mentions to us the importance of “protecting all life on Earth.” I think this book would be appropriate for 3rd graders because there's so much information. I really enjoyed reading this book it provided me with so much ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Hazel rated it really liked it
This is a little slow going for the preschooler but he does love the pictures and trying to find the things in the story. The story itself is more appealing to my second grader--he loves all the little facts scattered throughout the book.
Kathy Garner
Sep 29, 2012 Kathy Garner rated it it was amazing
Great form to guide to nonficton information about space, the first moon landing and taking care of this world.
Bailey New
Nov 06, 2016 Bailey New rated it really liked it
In this easy read Earth/Space Science book, a young boy includes facts about his space travel and what the journey is like on his adventure. Most importantly the book tells how he gets home from the moon. This book would be appropriate for the PreK-3 grade. The content is also appropriate for the reading level. This book could be connected to an adventure activity by showing what it takes for someone to get somewhere, the activities along the way, and how to arrive back home.
Emma Harper
Dec 11, 2016 Emma Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
This book is a cute, simple way to "explain how to go to the moon". It includes simple information on the moon and what you need to get there & get back home. This can be used in the classroom with younger students to introduce a lesson on space and/or the moon.
Katia Sotelo
Oct 09, 2016 Katia Sotelo rated it liked it
This is a sci-fi book for children. It has a very peculiar and neat message, it both teaches the young reader about space in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand manner (because let's be real, space is a very confusing thing even for adults) and although it clearly focuses on space and more specifically the moon, it also teaches the reader to appreciate Earth and it's liveliness. It demonstrates how to get to the moon, what you will encounter on the way there, how long it will take to get ther ...more
Cailey Colombo
Oct 06, 2016 Cailey Colombo rated it liked it
My overall first impression was how fun this story was. It could get any little kid excited and wish they could go on an adventure to the moon. As the reader, you are engaged because you some what feel like you are going on the adventure with the main character. This book is a perfect thriller for little kids.

The images are colorful, detailed, and bright. They really catch the reader’s eyes. The text is on top of the images, but does not take away from the images because they are so bright. The
Shenice Martin
Dec 21, 2016 Shenice Martin rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Awards: None

Grade Level: 2-3

This story is a sort of instructional guide if someone decides to go to the moon. The narrator mentions how long the trip will take to get to the moon, how weight changes when you are in space and how there is no gravity so the person in space will begin to float. The book gave a very detailed description of how the moon looks and explanations for what appears to holes in the moon.

It was a good read. I thought this book was informative. It will certai
Cara Hanson
Awards: none

Appropriate Grade Level: Kindergarten to Grade 3

Summary: If You Decide to Go to the Moon takes readers on a journey to the moon from liftoff to landing. As readers become hypothetical astronauts, they experience the sensations of space exploration, including the feeling of weightlessness, the vision of the stars shining in the darkness of space, and the sights and lack of sound on the moon!

Review: If You Decide to Go to the Moon is an adventure of fiction, with realistic details supp
Book 62 Bibliographic Citation:
McNulty, F. (2005). If you decide to go to the moon. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.

Age/Grade Level: (Ages 5-8, Grades K—3)

Are you planning a trip to the moon? This book will tell you everything you need to know for your journey, including the details of your flight, what to pack, and fantastic sights that you will see on your way.

Awards/Reviewing Sources:
School Library Journal starred 10/01/05
Parents' Choice Silver Honor 2005
Bulletin of the Center for Chil
Jada Powell
Nov 30, 2016 Jada Powell rated it really liked it
The genre of this book is Science Fiction. This book is intended for children ages 4-8 years old. If You Decide to Go to the Moon is a story about a boy who tells of the adventures of riding on a space shuttle and landing on the moon. I rated this book at four stars because it is written in kid friendly language and is a great introductory book to earth science. It includes valid information and vocabulary such as Sea of Tranquility as well as other science concepts that are put in a way that ch ...more
Mar 25, 2016 997997 rated it it was amazing
In this book, at first, it shows to kid preparation before go to moon, and then, introduce how far and how many days astronomy need to travel. Once astronomy go into rocket, describing how fast go through a mixture of clouds and air and dust, when astronomy enters space, the author writes some specific information about space, and then tell readers what is the astronomy's life in space. When the astronomy get to the moon, and in this book, it introduce that many details about the moon, how to as ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Genee121 rated it it was amazing
Imagine traveling in a rocket ship through space as a child and you have an opportunity to go all by yourself. This story gives a step by step explanation on a trip to the moon. It begins by suggesting the necessary items need to travel. Next, the reader is informed on what to do while traveling through space. Once the destination to the moon has been reached, the reader will learn what it is like to be on the moon. Finally, there are necessary steps to do when going back home. This story allows ...more
Miss Balzaretti
The children’s book, If You Decide to Go to the Moon, gives the reader the experience of journeying to the moon without leaving your library. The text is very informative with a large amount of details about the trip astronauts take to the moon, what they bring, how far they travel, and what you can see and do once on the moon. While the text is rich in information, the illustrations are child friendly, with its bright use of color, amounts of detail, and life. Even when the illustrations are of ...more
Beverly Cagle
Sep 30, 2012 Beverly Cagle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people of planet earth
If You Decide to Go to the Moon is a story about a boy who tells of the adventures of riding on a space shuttle and landing on the moon. It is written in kid friendly language and is a great introductory book to earth science. It includes valid information and vocabulary such as Sea of Tranquility as well as other science concepts that are put in a way that children can understand. It also includes questions like “I wonder how far space goes and where it ends?” creating opportunities that foster ...more
Kiersten Knapp
Dec 06, 2016 Kiersten Knapp rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
1. This book has not received any awards.
2. The targeted audience for this book is pre-k-3rd grade.
3. This book went through the process of preparing for and going to the moon on your own rocket ship. It also incorporates facts, such as how many miles one would travel between Earth and the Moon. It also gives the reader some insight into what outer space is like.
4. I really liked reading this book, as I think younger readers would too. For one I think that the illustrations are great in depicti
Nov 03, 2010 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We really enjoyed this book. It was a story, but filled with very interesting facts about astronauts, space travel and what you would experience if you were to land and walk on the moon. It reminded me a little of the Magic Tree House story, Midnight on the Moon, where Jack and Annie got to do some space travel and moon walking too. I love how math was incorporated into the story, estimating the trip's duration using the rate x time = distance formula. Our girls thought the weightlessness of spa ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tled-642
Summary:A young boy prepares to travel to the moon in a rocket ship. On his long trip there and back he observes outer space and everything that it beholds.
Curriculum Connection:Science literature, solar system, planets and moons, space travel, natural resources, recycling, vocabulary development.
Reaction:This book is perfect to describe to children what space is really like. It gives wonderful illustrations, uses great examples, detailed scenarios, and has great vocabulary choices. The colors
Denn Angelo
Oct 09, 2016 Denn Angelo rated it really liked it
This novel embodies the instructions to getting to go to the moon. While upholding the journey in gives details and facts about how to get to the moon. Do you have what it takes? The mood travel is a long distance, what are the items need if you had you own rocket? All is covered with an integrated analysis of what kids are interested in. In touches the concepts of space, and the differences of two elements.

The author gives great meaning between the images and illustrations. The illustrations al
Dec 04, 2016 Maile rated it really liked it
I actually thought it was kind of a cute book. It's one of those books that gets the kids to put themselves in the story. Lots of descriptive text and gave very cool facts about what it's actually like on the moon. Beware it does sorta reference, the possibility of dying up in space. The line was like "after exploring, hop in your space ship and pray that it starts" - an example of the sort of "adult humor" A lot of the humor in it went way over the kids heads, it got a giggle out of me and my T ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it
I think at some point most children dream of going to the moon, and this delightful children’s book, If You Decide to Go to the Moon, takes you on a wondrous journey from lift off, to landing on the moon, and back again to our magnificent planet. This is a great introduction to space travel for even the youngest readers. Packed full of beautiful prose and spectacular illustrations, Faith McNulty and Steven Kellogg have created a book that explores the challenges and wonders of a journey in space ...more
Allison DeMeo
Personal Reaction: This book was a good read. I liked the way it was very interactive. This was told in the second person point of view so it was like you were actually inside the story.

Read Aloud- This would be good when you are learning about the earth, space, gravity, etc. It tells you exactly what you need to know. A lot of little boys and girls answer the question "what do you want to be when you grow up?" saying "astronaut", this is a great book to open those dreams and make it mo
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Faith McNulty was an American non-fiction author, probably best-known for her 1980 book The Burning Bed. She was born "Faith Corrigan" in New York City, the daughter of a judge. Young Faith attended Barnard College for one year, then attended Rhode Island State College. But she dropped out of college once she got a job as a copy girl at the New York Daily News. She later went to work for Life maga ...more
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