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

Moonshot by Brian Floca
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Jun 17, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: picture-book, story, non-fiction, children, illustrations
Read in May, 2012

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This is a very engaging picture book for young readers, which tells the story of Apollo 11 from the time of takeoff to landing. However, most of the detailed information lies on the book's endpapers. For example, the endpapers before the title page shows the parts of the Apollo spacecraft and launch vehicle and the endpapers after the story is an author's note with more background information about President Kennedy's influence, the Apollo mission, and statistics and scientific information about the Apollo 11 journey. The book repeats words and sounds for a great read-aloud experience, and the Apollo Mission/space exploration topic is always a favorite for young readers. The illustrations help capture the large vast nothing-ness of space and provide elegant detailing, such as individual controls and labels inside the capsule. Overall, it is a nice introduction to space exploration & Apollo 11 for young readers and provides enough accurate information within the text to stay relevant and understandable for this age group. But the in-depth endpapers provide an opportunity for parents/caregivers/librarians to insert additional talking points and facts for the children to learn more about the topic.

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