FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON by Mark Haddon

FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON

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Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

This memory-piece will resonate more with adults of a certain age than with children, but it is a pleasant enough interlude regardless. A grown narrator describes a little boy who years ago “had the solar system on his wall.” Heightened, emotive language describes his particular fascination with the moon, “a small and bald and ordinary / globe of rock / that looped-the-loop / its way through outer space.” This builds to the night of the moon landing, when the little boy sneaks downstairs to watch and “[walk] with them” on television. Birmingham supplies equally emotional illustrations, the slightly-out-of-focus look reinforcing the sense of misty memory. Three wordless double-page spreads take narrator and readers to the lunar surface, the third one placing a boy-sized astronaut right there with Armstrong and Aldrin. In a season full of such exemplary offerings as Brian Floca’s Moonshot (2009), this import, first published in Britain in 1996, ranks as an additional purchase, though it will strike a chord with other moon-watchers whose childhoods included that momentous small step. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7636-4440-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2009




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