IF YOU HAD YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY ON THE MOON by Joyce Lapin

IF YOU HAD YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY ON THE MOON

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Age Range: 6 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Why celebrate for just 24 hours on Earth when our nearest neighbor has a 709-hour day?

Sure, balloons won’t float and the near lack of atmosphere also means that everyone has to wear special suits—but the low gravity makes gymnastics a snap, it’s easy to catch the candy as it falls from the piñata, and a batted baseball really travels! Expanding on the fanciful bits with boxed blocks of factual commentary, Lapin accurately describes lunar conditions—explaining, for instance, why the sky is black rather than blue and noting that earthshine is 40 times brighter than moonglow—while suggesting expeditions to check out craters and maria, having a scavenger hunt to track down artifacts left by the Apollo astronauts (two golf balls, 12 pairs of space boots, a rumored “rude drawing”), and chowing down on “a Space Station favorite,” chocolate-pudding cake squeezed from a foil pouch. Ceccarelli adds jolly notes aplenty with painted scenes of young partiers (an inclusive lot, featuring one with Asian features and several people of color) zinging exuberantly around in zero gravity, cavorting or making dust angels on the lunar surface, and gathering back at their spacecraft as a pizza-delivery rocket lands nearby before they all blast off for home. The author reserves generous slices of print and web resources at the end for readers who couldn’t make the voyage.

A prime candidate for a destination party. (glossary, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: April 23rd, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4549-2970-3
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Sterling
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2019




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