REACHING FOR THE MOON by Buzz Aldrin

REACHING FOR THE MOON

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

In first-person voice, Aldrin highlights points from his childhood that led to his dream of being an astronaut and making the historic moon landing. Coincidental details like his mother’s maiden name, “Moon,” and his favorite movie hero, the “Lone Ranger,” suggest clues to his destiny. After West Point, he joined the Air Force because “he wanted to fly more than anything.” Minor’s usual beautiful and realistic illustrations effectively convey spatial perspectives and movement, adding depth to the narrative. However, the cover design and type layout are confusing, indicative of a biography instead of an autobiography—a brief intro could have clarified it. Aldrin’s message in an author’s note avows, “If you set your sights high, you may accomplish more than you ever dreamed.” Pair this with Don Brown’s One Giant Step for a child’s-eye view on space exploration. (Flight/space exploration chronology) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-06-055445-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2005




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