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If You Decide To Go To The Moon

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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 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 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 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
Danielle D'Onofrio
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If You Decide To Go To The Moon is a great science fiction story for kids in 4th-5th Grade! It is a great picture book with vast amounts of detail to get students interested in space and scientific content! I would use this in my classroom as an introduction to a lesson about the moon and its relationship with earth. It could be a great read aloud to peak student's interest since it is a story that involves real facts! Another way to incorporate this into the classroom would be to have them read ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
Commits two cardinal sins of picturebooks: patronizing the reader and relegating the girl to a passive, domestic role while the boy goes off on an adventure.

I won't single it out for its reinforcement of hegemonic white, middle-class values, because that's basically 90% of (American) picturebooks.

Interesting for its use of 2nd person narrative.
Jaclyn Giordano
Apr 26, 2010 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
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Interested in the moon? Do you want to know what the moon is like? Want to know how to get there and get home? Then this is the book for you. To learn about the moon, the sun, flights to and from is really good. The illustrations were in color and black and white. I enjoyed reading this book to my little boy.
Kirah Marshall
Sep 17, 2016 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 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
Evelyn Tapia
May 16, 2014 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
Courtney Barter
Jan 24, 2017 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.
Feb 27, 2013 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 rated it it was amazing
Great form to guide to nonficton information about space, the first moon landing and taking care of this world.
Alexandra Topitzes
Reading Level: 4.1

Book Level/ Guided Reading Level: Q

If You Decide to Go to the Moon is a Science Fiction picture book for children narrated by a young boy about what it would be like to travel on a rocket ship to the moon. The boy provides a very detailed account of the (imagined) experience, which is reinforced by the details in the book’s vibrant and textured illustrations.

This book would be an ideal read aloud for any range of elementary grades, especially fourth grade as it corresponds wit
Amy Dinoff
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
1. Awards the book has received (if any):
2. Appropriate grade level: Pre-school to third grade
3. Original 3-line summary: In this exuberant picture book, readers join a young boy on his journey to the moon and back to Earth again! Throughout the book the author gives advice and tips for the entire trip from packing to landing and everything in between. The amazing journey emphasizes the beauty of the Earth and the moon, so join us on the ride!
4. Original 3-line review: This book has beautiful im
Fabiola Hernandez
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cylc-reviews
This book is a wonderful book about a boy who goes to the moon. In the book he is giving you a guide as to what you should and shouldn't do on your way to the moon and once you are on the moon. He describes how long it will take you to get the moon and what to do once you are on the moon. He also describes how he sees earth from far away and he thinks earth is a beautiful and lively place. The facts are embedded in the story which make it very easy for kids to follow. The illustrations are great ...more
Suzanne Brandt
The boy in this book describes what it would be like to go to the moon. This book includes facts about space travel and what the journey would be like. As a mentor text, this text uses the word-choice trait. The book uses a lot of strong feelings and sensory images. There is a lot of great vocabulary to use as part of a science lesson as well. For writing instruction, I would have students write a paragraph that describes three things they would most want to take with them. Have students name ea ...more
Gabi Jones
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
This book has everything a young reader and/or future astronaut would want to know about space, rockets and astronauts. This story teaches kids about Earth's atmosphere and how it has air, water and life. I even learned as an adult reader that there is no sound on the moon because there is no air to carry sound waves. It also teaches students that Americans were the first to step foot on the moon and how their is an American flag and footsteps. It also discusses the materials astronauts need suc ...more
Samantha Preeo
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el-230
This is a brilliant story that does not shoot down children's dreams but instead gives them a realistic view of what would happen and what they would need if they ever went to space. It explains foods that would be good in space, how much clouds you will go through, and other planets you would see during your visit. This book is interesting and also shows how big space truly is but also how important earth is which is home. This would be an excellent book to read during a science lesson to grasp ...more
Katie Griffith
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eled-340
This book is such a cute way to introduce lots of interesting facts about the moon! Lots of things taught in the book are more than students in 1st or 2nd grade need to know about the moon, but it is still informational and captivating for the kids! The story has a little boy who decides to go to the moon, and talks about what he would need to go to the moon and how long his trip would be and what it would be like!

category: informational
Libbie Huhn
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book with amazing visuals. Not only was this book exciting to read and see, but it was also very educational without pushing facts onto its readers. It includes facts in the text that tell readers about space, distance, gravity, etc. I think this would be a good book to read to audiences a little bit older than grades 1 or 2 because it uses a bigger vocabulary and wider concepts than someone of a young age would be able to comprehend, but it was still a good read.
Maria Allison
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This picture book gives a guide for those who decide to go to the moon told from a young boy's point of view. I enjoyed how practical the boy's directions are, dramatic illustrations and the tidbits of factual information tucked in. This book leaves the reader appreciating Earth and family.

I think that children would enjoy this book because most kids love space, and I'd recommend it because it sends a great message.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Young readers discover the breathtaking beauty of both the moon and of the earth as they take an imaginary trip to the moon.

With captivating pictures and elegant, informative prose, readers both young and old will happily embark on a rocket flight hurling them into an exciting space adventure.

Highly recommended.
Kim Gubler
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el-ed-340
As an adult, I learned more about space travel through this book than I have through any other source. The illustrations brought space and its travel to life in a beautiful way. For a child, this book is wonderful as it teaches exactly what travel is like for astronauts, how to prepare, and what you will see in space. Wonderful book!
Elena Nagornaya
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Not sure If this is still the case, but when I was in grade school all the kids wanted to be astronauts! Children will be very intrigued by this book. It's exciting and informational all at the same time. This is a great book to use to preface a space unit.

Lexile: AD690L

Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This is good for younger school-aged children. It's a cute book that makes the experience of going to the moon relatable to children and the illustrations are beautiful as always with Kellogg. My concern with this title is that not everything in the story seems factual. Otherwise it is a good read-aloud book.
Sydney Straw
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I chose to pair this science fiction book with the nonfiction book titled 70 Thousand Million, Million, Million Stars in Space because it is a fun, yet informative story about what to do if a child decides to visit the moon. The target audience for this book could be any student from 2nd-4th grade.
Jennifer Oswald
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-alouds
Review from my 8 year old son:
"This book made me experience what it would be like to go to the moon. It taught me some Science. It really took me on the whole journey from beginning to end. I learned a lot from this - space, moon, earth from this book."
Richard Nasto
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very pleasant story of traveling to the moon with a beautiful message of treating the Earth with respect. The author leads the reader to down a path of innocent discovery and apprehension with the final awakening of see the Earth on the return trip. Very sweet and thoughtful.
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ben-read, non-fiction, juv
May 2017 - feeding Ben's fascination with rockets and spacecraft, but a bit longer than he had the patience for at bedtime. It's pretty wordy, but Ben loved the illustrations and the journey to space. Very concerned that the kid was on the moon alone!
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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