IF YOU DECIDE TO GO TO THE MOON by Faith McNulty
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IF YOU DECIDE TO GO TO THE MOON

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Age Range: 7 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

Many dream of exploring outer space, but this wonderfully engaging guide to space travel walks young readers through the adventure, starting with what to pack on the rocket ship: “Peanut butter, apples, and cake will taste good in space.” Gentle warnings issued about meteors (“a collision is unlikely”); the loneliness of space (“Don’t look back at the earth”); not pouring juice (“it would fly into a million drops”); and the difficulty of the first step on the Moon (“You will rise in the air and leap forward like a kangaroo”) will only encourage and inspire budding astronauts. Indeed, McNulty, elegantly fusing the scientific realities and the dreamy wonders of space travel, finds the perfect partner in Kellogg who accomplishes the same thing visually. Eerily beautiful, cleverly textured moonscapes of ghostly grays and inky blacks contrast dramatically with cheerful full-color spreads (including a spectacular double gatefold) that reflect the beauty and abundance of life on Earth with sunny yellows, grassy greens and sky blues. A powerful, playful tribute to the minutiae and magnificence of space exploration. (Picture book. 7-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-590-48359-5
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2005




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