HAM THE ASTROCHIMP by Richard Hilliard

HAM THE ASTROCHIMP

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Age Range: 7 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Paying tribute to the “first truly intelligent being” in space, Hilliard traces the flight and later life of the chimpanzee sent aloft in a Mercury capsule in 1961. Expanding on his main narrative with longer comments in running sidebars, the author emphasizes Ham’s intelligence and good nature throughout, and adds an element of drama to the tale, as Ham’s capsule nearly sank before it could be hauled out of the ocean. The stodgy but accurately detailed paintings alternate between views of the capsule and close-up shots of the smiling chimp. As a way of sparking interest in the space race’s early days, this makes a more triumphant episode to highlight than the U.S.’s early failures chronicled in Heather Feldman’s Sputnik, the First Satellite (2003) or the tragic events of Nick Abadzis’s graphic treatment of the Soviet mission, Laika (September 2007). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-59078-459-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Boyds Mills
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2007




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