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10 thoughts on “Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

  1. says:

    See this review and others at www.readrantrockandroll.com Moonshot The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca is the story of the first American manned moon landing, Apollo 11 in 1969 It s told in a simple manner and doesn t contain too many facts for young readers The illustrations are very detailed and the story is written in poetic form From Earth to moon and back again, it s the perfect book for young elementary readers For older kids, there s the complicated story including facts and troubles they endured on their trip toward the end In addition, the documentary film Moonshot on DVD by The History Channel, is perfect for older kids and adults 5


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    I consider myself a person of at least average intelligence I know how to hold down a job To feed and clothe myself And when it comes to historical events I tend to think that I know most of the pertinent details Take the original moon landing of Apollo 11 as one such example Sure, I knew that the folks on the ship were Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Armstrong I knew it was a flight filled with close calls and near catastrophes thank YOU Team Moon by Catherine Thimmesh And I knew those guys got back Slap your hands together, end of story But I guess I dunno I hate to admit this but I don t think I ever really had a great visual sense of how it all worked Should I Is that required of every fine upstanding American citizen Maybe not, but how can you really get a sense of the moon landing if you don t know what it looked like To the rescue comes Brian Floca with Moonshot The Flight of Apollo 11 Essentially Brian has written a book that works for every human being between the ages of 4 to 104 sorry, 105 year olds Poetic, scientifically accurate, interesting, mesmerizing, you name it The man has penned a little old masterpiece here, just in time for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing You ve lots of space flight picture books to choose from this year, but if I had to pick just one for my children s library shelves, it would be this A masterpiece of innovation and the moon landing s not to shabby either We choose to go to the Moon, said President Kennedy So to the moon we went With simple text, Brian Floca shows us the steps leading up to that first walk Equipment is secured The three astronauts have said goodbye They lock into their seats, the countdown begins, and ROAR They re off Covering everything from how astronauts eat and sleep, to other bodily functions, we finally see the men on the surface of the moon, considering the sky as the people at home cheer Safely returned, the final shot is of a family who has watched it all on television, running beneath the moon, knowing that the heroes have returned, To warmth, to light, to home at last Sources are listed on the title page Endpapers illustrate the moon landing at the front of the book, and give additional information with words alone at the end We all know that Brian s a phenomenal artist No arguments there Has he ever really gotten proper credit for his writing, though The nice thing about this story is that at 48 pages, Floca has time to build the tale with simple words and quiet repetition The very first thing you read when you open it up is High above there is the Moon, cold and quiet, no air, no life, but glowing in the sky This phrase is repeated several times in the book, the strange foreign aspects of the moon countered by its comforting glow Floca has taken time to give weight and meaning to this event It s than just a technical achievement It s the fulfillment of a species hopes and dreams His illustrations too capture the excitement of the event and, to a certain extent, the sheer vast loneliness of going there In one shot we see Neil looking up at the sky in wonder The next shot and you re far behind the astronauts, but still on the surface of the moon The sky is without stars and the earth hangs there, half in darkness Says the text, high above there is the Earth, rushing oceans, racing clouds, swaying fields and forests Family, friends, and strangers, everyone you ve ever known, everyone you might the good and lonely Earth, glowing in the sky I love that pairing there, that everyone you ve ever known, everyone you might Let no one tell you that watercolors are dull Admittedly Floca works with a variety of materials, including ink, acrylic, and gouache, but his watercolors are what you remember On top of that, you remember his choices of how to portray various scenes For example, early on there are dramatic shots of the liftoff, where the only thing seen is the rapidly disappearing shuttle, viewed only through the rockets This view then peels back with another turn of the page, and you re far away, watching a small rocket shooting up white hot and yellow, dirty clouds billowing far beneath Later the moon fills up an entire page which in a book that s 11.8 inches by 10.6 inches is no mean feat and we have the awe of seeing the rocket approach its sheer mass Many of these shots are contrasted with images of a family back on the earth This family actually plays a role in most of the book They are featured on the title page, staring up into the sky the dad looking suspiciously similar to the artist himself They center the book Ground it Give you a sense that this isn t some high tech incident of the past, but a moment that all people could relate to and wonder at.Consider too Floca s use of white space There s a lot of it here, though when I close the book all I can remember are the shots that fill the pages But at first, anyway, people do their work against a pure unpainted background Earth, it seems, is where is there lurks white space Space, on the other hand, is just a sea of black The changeover really occurs when you get to the six panel two page split of the countdown I can suddenly see in this portion how you could read this section aloud with a child, ratcheting up the tension, until that moment the rocket is released and bursts into the sky Yee haw I was with some librarians the other day, and one of them happened to mention a particular non fiction picture book pet peeve they have We were considering a book not this one and we noticed that pertinent information was missing from the text, but then explained away in the very adult Afterword My co worker lamented this kind of lazy writing If a non fiction picture book doesn t make sense on its own without the Afterword then it really isn t a successful piece of writing I tend to agree, particularly after reading Moonshot The storyline inside makes sense without explanation But Floca has added additional information on the endpapers for those kids and, let s face it, adults who want to know a little about the behind the scenes action Mind you, you don t need these endpapers to make sense of the book, but they add to the overall reading experience Better still, Floca makes the front endpapers very visual, with pictures of how each of the segments of the Apollo broke off, reattached, broke off again, reattached, again, and generally brought the astronauts to and from the moon The stuff I ve never really comprehended has now been illustrated in such a way that even a five year old could understand No mean feat Astronaut books for the younger set come and go, but this one s definitely here to stay Consider pairing it alongside Meghan McCarthy s fabulous The Astronaut Handbook for yet another simply worded but well researched peek into the far reaches of outer space This is a book that can appeal to small fry, as well as older and seemingly mature siblings Visually breathtaking with a poetic turn of phrase, Moonshot elevates a moment in history that cannot be lauded enough If nothing else it makes one thing inarguably clear Boy, that moon landing was cool Ages 4 and up and how many books can you say THAT for


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    Chosen as one of the ten Best Illustrated Children s Books of 2009 by The New York Times, and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine, Brian Floca s picture book treatment of the epic story of Apollo 11 the NASA mission which landed the first human beings on the moon had high standards to meet, if it was to live up to my expectations I m happy to say that it was everything promised With a narrative that manages to be both concise and informative, and gorgeous artwork that grabs the reader s attention and never lets go, Moonshot The Flight of the Apollo 11 is a book that young space lovers will want to savor The very size of the book fairly large, even for a picture book works in its favor.From the front endpapers, which give an outline of the technical story of Apollo 11, I found myself drawn in, and I enjoyed the ride Floca whose illustrations I had encountered before, in Avi s Tales of Dimwood Forest series captures the color and warmth of earth, and the splendidly cold majesty of space, setting up a contrast that works very well throughout Highly recommended to all young readers who dream of space


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    Outstanding I admit that this languished on my shelf for several weeks before the impending library due date forced me to read it I d heard rave reviews, but I wasn t really grabbed by the illustrations and the text seemed a bit long Wow, am I glad I decided to read it Floca tells the story of Apollo The Eagle Has Landed 11 with such heart and an almost poetic style I was captivated and moved The illustrations almost seemed a bit too cartoonish for the style of the text though the illustrations are engaging and fun, all the same But, that is just a very small and picky observation that did not diminish my overall enjoyment of the book There is a lengthy and engaging historical note in the back going into details about the Apollo 11 mission and the space race in general, but really the text of the story does such a fine job covering all the important aspects Highly, highly recommended


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    If this book doesn t get a batch of awards then I will totally give up on my fellow librarians as a bunch of hopeless twits I would give it 4 1 2 stars if I could, perhaps even 4 3 4 stars.This is one of the BEST pieces of non fiction for children I have seen in a while The language is simple enough to read to a younger child, but has such a poetic feel that it will catch the attention of an older child who can read it on their own There is plenty of information, but it s presented in a way that reads like any good adventure story And the lines of the art are pleasing not perfect photographic style images, but clean and clear.All together, a terrific work There will be a lot books on Apollo 11 this year, but this is one that belongs in every library.


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    This is SUCH a lovely book My daughter M age not quite 4 wanted a book about astronauts, so I helped her ask the librarian, and this is what the librarian recommended It is perfect The words are beautiful for reading aloud, the details of the artwork are incredible, and it does an amazing job of conveying the scope and scale and majesty and astoundingness of what we did in going to the moon I actually tear up when I read the part about the people waiting at home, just imagining what that must ve been like It still boggles my mind in the best way that human beings have walked on a surface that wasn t Earth So, my kid loves this book, but I do too Well done, Brian Floca.


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    This book is impressive looking and it does a fabulous job of recreating the excitement of the first moon landing, especially if all the text is read I loved all the details given at the start and at the end of the book The details of the flight are so compelling and I think kids will be very interested.I was 15 I remember watching on tv I also remember Kennedy s speech about his goal to get men yes, back then it was only men to the moon and back safely I was not as impressed as I should have been At the time, I didn t know all the behind the scenes details, which this book does describe in a fascinating way.Some of the illustrations are glorious, some less than stellar, but overall they did a terrific job helping tell about the events leading up to this one pivotal moment.After all that, it was a surprising reminder that all the Apollo moon flights took place between 1969 and 1972 That was a long time ago I know much has been done in the space program since them, but it s kind of amazing all the moon trips took place in this very short span of time, especially considering the challenging preparations This is an excellent science book for kids If children are particularly interested in the space program and or in space, they ll most likely be eager to read this For some kids, I suspect this will be read as a school assignment, but most likely an enjoyable one.


  8. says:

    In Moonshot, Brian Floca has written and illustrated an extremely well done account of the first moon landing for younger students The story is simplified, but not so much that the emotional impact is lessened or any vital details skipped over There is actually an amazing amount of detail given in the simple text The illustrations add an extra layer of detail while at the same bring some humor and intensity to the story I learned a lot just studying the diagrams, illustrations, and information given on the front endpapers This definitely deserves its Sibert Honor award.Pair this with Robert Burleigh s One Giant Leap for another look at the first moon landing geared at young students For older students, Catherine Thimmesh s Team Moon How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon will give quite a lot detail and information on this same subject.


  9. says:

    No wonder this was a Siebert Medal honor book Floca manages to make you feel, with both words and pictures, as if you re right there the day Apollo 11 lifted off for the moon Reading this, it amazes me that we were able to get people to the moon and back, given the huge distance they had to traverse in such a relatively tiny spacecraft I kind of miss thoses days, when we looked up to the moon knowing that astronauts were up there It made the problems here on earth look so insignificant for a while I liked Floca s detailed drawings, and especially the fact that he mentions that from the moon you can t see stars because of the reflected light from the moon s surface I wish everyone could get a chance to go out into space an look back on earth from that perspective Maybe some day


  10. says:

    This was a very fun book to read with my son The illustrations immediately grab your attention they are light hearted and warm at the same time Floca presents a lot of information but seems to balance it with very detailed drawings that keep the child entertained as you are reading The front inside and back cover provide some wonderful illustrations and notes on the stages of a launch and lunar insertion and liftoff Overall, a wonderful book and highly recommend it.


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