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Rocket to the Moon!

(Big Ideas That Changed the World #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  407 ratings  ·  84 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Harry N. Abrams
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Deacon Tom F
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Fun Book

In spite of it being a graphic novel, the book exceeded my expectations especially in showing a short history of rocketry. It also talks about the JFK-USSR space race

The main character is funny and light to make the reading experience easy

The book is spot on with the Apollo story to the history while adding a comic narrator.

Highly recommend for all ages, especially pre-teens and up.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Brown Book, but it will not be my last! Rocket to the moon! takes us back in time to when we, of course, landed on the moon, but in such a fresh and fun way! I was literally sharing interest facts with my husband as I read through this comic-like children’s book! Such as the shuttle held 950,000 gallons of fuel and used up 500,000 gallons of it within the first two and a half minutes! Wow! That is awesome!.
The illustrations were wonderful and I loved everything about the book!
Rod Brown
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice straightforward history for children of that giant leap for mankind. A touch of humor keeps the science bits from getting too heavy.
Ms. Yingling
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Yep. We've reached the point where historical events that happened fifty years ago are things I remember. Granted, I had just turned four and was much more interested in staying up past my bedtime than watching the moon landing, but I remember it!

Like Maurere's recent Destination Moon, Brown's overview of this event starts with some early technology. Rodman Law tried some very primitive rockets, but didn't have a lot of luck. This is interesting to see, though, since people have been trying to f
I read this graphic novel solely because it is on the 2020-2021 Bluebonnet list. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book and how much I learned about the Space Race and the Apollo lunar missions. I was also impressed by how extensively researched this book was, as well as by the plethora of back matter. The back matter included a select timeline of rocket and space flight; a brief biography on the book's narrator, daredevil Rodman Law; a notes section compromised quote ...more
Joseph R.
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
After an extremely brief history of rocketry (starting with the discovery of gunpowder in China and getting to twentieth century in four pages), the book takes a quick look at the Cold War space race that inspired John F. Kennedy's interest in getting a man on the moon. Kennedy, at the beginning of the 1960s, challenged NASA and the country to get a man safely to the moon and back by the end of the decade. The book explains the various Apollo missions before Apollo XI, which landed Neil Armstron ...more
Genevieve Trono
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Our 8 year old loves graphic novels and he loves non-fiction books and this was a great mix of both. The comic strip style narration kept his attention while also giving him lots of awesome and informative facts about the moon landing. The history of rocket building was especially interesting to him and he loved referring to the timeline at the end of the book. Not only was this fun to read but he learned a lot! Thank you to NetGalley and ABRAMS Kids for gifting us a copy of this book. All opini ...more
Brenda Kahn
Brown borrows from Nathan Hale by having an early but unknown to me, aviation daredevil narrate. Rodman Law briefly covers the history of rocketry from ancient China through the Apollo missions. Impeccably sourced, as usual. Timelines, notes and many suggestions for further learning make this a terrific resource for students.
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Short and sweet, but with really great descriptions AND important poop facts about space, which are always a delight to find.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Not into space nonfiction, no matter the format.

2020 Tx Bluebonnet
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorite
I REALLY love 💗 the quote:”That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.” That Neil Armstrong said,it reminds me of all the space(or universe)things I’ve said,heard and done. I’m always sucked into space things(especially space books cause I LOVE 💕 reading). I just am always thinking 💭 about the universe and I just can’t get away from it :-)!!! THE WHOLE THING!!!!!
Shelly Kelly
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for the illustrations!
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, 2021-beehive
With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, there have been a ton of books about the moon, space astronauts, to infinity and beyond.

So, I thought reading this book would be 'just another' space book.
But, I loved it. It is from a totally different perspective. It is told from the perspective of Rodman Law, and early tinkerer of rockets in the early 1900s.

I learned some new things that I didn't already know for all the other books and documentaries about the subject. AND as it is done in carto
Becky B
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A graphic novel history of rocket development and space flight, with detailed accounts of the first lunar landing and brief accounts of all the USA missions that led up to it and all the lunar missions following it.

I've read some other graphic novels that cover the history of space flight, but this is the only one I've read that focuses on lunar landings of the USA AND the only one that covers the missions that followed that first mission. Brown does a good job of making this history interesting
Jeannie Standal
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, this graphic novel has a fresh approach that is a pleasure to read. Instead of focusing just on the Apollo 11, the Apollo program, or even the Space Race, this one follows the development of the rocket. From the development of gun powder in China clear through the completion of the Apollo program. It is narrated by Rodman Law, dare devil and stuntman, who attempted to fly by rocket from Jersey City to Elizabeth, NJ in 1913. ...more
I'm excited for whatever this series will entail especially if Don Brown is a part of the creative process.

This focused graphic novel is about space travel and the regular and scientific people who worked sometimes independently and sometimes together to figure out how to propel rockets, how to use jet fuel, how to put humans up in space, how to survive coming back down, how to walk on the moon.

It was perfectly suitable to the audience with enough math, science, jargon, and real-speak to learn
Melissa Mcavoy
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite Don Brown yet. Rocket to the moon borrows Nathan Hale’s excellent framing device: giving us a wry and knowledgeable narrator who clues us in to events while making pointed commentary. I found the accounts of the development of the moon missions entirely fascinating. Lots of solid facts for those animated by the science and plenty of inside moments (floating poo anyone) for those who just want a great story.
Big ideas changed the world, but the genius is in the details. In this start o
Elaine Fultz
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Don Brown's picture book bios years ago with his illuminations of Mary Anning and others, so when Drowned City (Katrina) and Great American Dust Bowl FINALLY received overdue praise for GN nonfiction, I wondered what took so long for his brilliant artistic approach to information to be noticed. Here Brown details the development of the 1969 moon landing. While numerous books were published to mark the anniversary of this historic event, this one is likely to ride both the wav ...more
Meag McKeron
In 136 pages, the author somehow manages to pack the history of rockets/space travel from the 1860s to today, and I must say he did a pretty good job of it! With such a small amount of pages to chronicle such a complicated, fascinating history, Brown managed to hit on a lot of the big moments and sprinkle in some lesser-known yet equally interesting tidbits as well. There are tons of resources in the back matter for readers looking for more detailed information, but as an introduction to the spa ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining narrator with great voice, extensive history of the race to the moon compacted into understandable, sequenced text, and a drawing out of the Apollo 11 expedition make this an appealing and informative read. The colors and framing style feel more sophisticated and less cartoon-like, while the details will delight those space and non-fiction afficionados in your classroom (yes, bathroom considerations are included.) The back matter is also excellent! I am looking forward to seeing mor ...more
Great Books
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ages-10-11
Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing with this entertaining and educational graphic novel. The history of the perilous journey to the moon is presented with much admiration, and just the right amount of humor, for our space pioneers who daringly risked their lives for our national goal to be first on the moon. Reviewer 18
Nothing "wrong" with the info in this graphic nonfiction narrative, but honestly it was pretty boring. Lots of narrative text panels but hardly any dialogue. Felt like too much information to try to cover in this format. Would've preferred a focus on the Apollo moon landing rather than try to cover the whole history. ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
With accessible factual--and often humorous--text, and graphic novel illustrations, Don Brown relates the history of man's quest to rocket into space and onto the moon. Written in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, this book will be enjoyed by middle grade through middle school readers. Tie-in with units about the solar system. ...more
Patti Sabik
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, ya
Exceptional information on the space race and rocket science history in general. Can’t wait to see more titles in this Big Ideas series since it seems everything Don Brown produces is amazingly great quality work.
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excited for this new graphic novel series, tracking all the big ideas leading up to a major event - in this case space flight to the moon. And we now have a new acronym in our household - TNT (aka "tricky number two"). ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brown does an excellent job of condensing a lot of information into basic aspects and presenting it in a colorful, animated graphic format that is easily understood. Includes timeline, notes, bibliography. Ages 8-12
Bridget Neace
May 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: vrc-20-21
Maybe I'm just in a mood. And clearly I'm in the minority with my opinion. But I couldn't even appreciate the fact that I was learning new information from this graphic novel. No. Just a big wad Ugh. ...more
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Launching the Big Ideas that Changed the World series, Brown’s graphic novel 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.
I wish the entire series were already available.
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
While I'm not all that into spacey stuff Done Brown makes every subject he's written on educational and meaningful. ...more
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