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MOON LANDING by Richard Platt

MOON LANDING

By Richard Platt

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Nov. 11th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7636-4046-0
Publisher: Candlewick

One might think that a pop-up would be the perfect vehicle for a book about Apollo 11—but Columbia this ain’t. Well-chosen facts are obscured by poor design and occasionally mystifying graphics. The origins of the space program quickly give way to the meat of the matter: rocket design, space suits and the landing itself. Readers will get a graphically satisfying answer to the perennial question, “How did they go to the bathroom?” But a pop-up illustration of the lunar module adaptor in which a rocket seems to fly into the compartment holding the Eagle is just plain baffling, and a dramatic 3-D model of the moon apparently necessitates a subsequent, plain black page that contributes nothing. A shame. (Pop-up/nonfiction. 8-12)