Kathryn's Reviews > Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

Moonshot by Brian Floca
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Jan 29, 10

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Read in January, 2010

Outstanding!!! I admit that this languished on my shelf for several weeks before the impending library due date forced me to read it. I'd heard rave reviews, but I wasn't really grabbed by the illustrations and the text seemed a bit long. Wow, am I glad I decided to read it!!! Floca tells the story of Apollo "The Eagle Has Landed" 11 with such heart and an almost poetic style--I was captivated and moved. The illustrations almost seemed a bit too cartoonish for the style of the text--though the illustrations are engaging and fun, all the same. But, that is just a very small and picky observation that did not diminish my overall enjoyment of the book. There is a lengthy and engaging historical note in the back going into more details about the Apollo 11 mission and the space race in general, but really the text of the story does such a fine job covering all the important aspects. Highly, highly recommended!!!
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Lisa Vegan Thanks Kathryn. Ack! I am old. I remember that day very well.


Kathryn What amazed me is that the moon fever was really for so short a time, this in 1969 and then the last landing in 1972. Of course, not that we haven't done other things in space, but I was surprised to realize that fact!


Lisa Vegan That's true. Hadn't thought about that in that way. NASA was having major problems and there were other goals, and only so much we could learn at the time, which maybe has changed actually, but that's a very short period of time for all the money and research that went into the program.


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