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MISSION TO THE MOON by Alan Dyer

MISSION TO THE MOON

By Alan Dyer

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: May 5th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4169-7935-7
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Attractively packaged by the same publisher of the INsiders series, this oversized volume is one of the many moon books coming out in anticipation of the Apollo 11 anniversary. But while it may lack originality of subject, its visual appeal and vast scope are hard to beat. Covering a wide range—from the beginning of the space race to subsequent lunar landings and facts about the moon in general—Dyer looks at the topic from a variety of perspectives. Some 200 photos from the NASA archives, along with large, detailed illustrations of rockets, space suits and other equipment, add to the presentation. Interesting facts are highlighted on torn pieces of paper, scattered scrapbook-style throughout, with corners taped down. A lunar module poster and bonus DVD containing footage from the first moon landing are included. For children growing up in a world where many rockets quietly launch to little fanfare or acclaim, this work recaptures the magic and determination of early space exploration. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)