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'A touching recollection, evocatively illustrated, of a child's-eye view of the moon and the excitement and wonder he felt when the first moon landing took place.' Guardian 'It is back to July 16 1969 for Mark Haddon's The Sea of Tranquility. Apollo II's giant leap for mankind is re-lived through the wondering imagination of a small boy and Christian Birmingham's dream-like celestial pastels. 'Financial Times 'The deliciously enchanting text is complemented by Christian Birmingham's exquisite pastel illustrations, which capture the awe and mystery that the moon had for this small boy.' Books for Keeps The extraordinary dream quality of the illustrations ... give this book a real feel of awe and wonder. A terrific book...' Junior Education --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mark Haddon is best known as the author of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller And winner of a LOS ANGELES TIMES First Fiction Prize. The author of Many books for children and adults, he lives in Oxford, England.

Christian Birmingham has illustrated many books for children, including Hans Christian Andersen’s THE SNOW QUEEN and several titles by Michael Morpurgo. He lives in England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First edition. edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763644404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763644406
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,543,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful picture book, illustrations are mystical and romantic. Actually this is the most romantic and beautiful portrayal of space travel that I have ever seen. Rather than focusing on science and technology this is all about a boy's romance with space. The illustrator has done a wonderful job taking what is usually dark and cold looking (moon's surface, etc.) and making them look beautiful, haunting, and romantic. A man looks back on his boyhood fascination with all things space and recalls the night he watched the first moonwalk on television. We learn of the different ways he would daydream of space, making a scrapbook of space photos, etc. Then he watches the moonwalk on TV in the middle of the night and images of the moonwalk are shown. Later, while sleeping, he has a dream that he was with the astronauts on the moonwalk. It ends with more romantic musings from the now-adult man about what it is like on the moon and how the footprints those astronauts made will remain there for millions of years. A beautiful story. The point of the story is just about the boy's romantic notions of space flight and space in general. It is not heavier than that, there are no lessons to be learned, etc. but a nice story for any child who loves space and dreams of what space travel would be like.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. J Parker on March 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful artwork - about a man who reflects back to when he was a young boys with fantasies of becoming an astronaut & going to the moon. He has the suppot of his parents, helping him make scrapbooks & trips to the library. He borrows dad's binoculars & gazes at the moon for hours.

Reminds all of us of our childhood dreams
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mathyou9 on January 14, 2010
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The story is great; the author narrates his recollection (as a kid) of Apollo 11. The picture on the cover depicts the author (as a child) in a dream, walking on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. I purchased this book for my two little boys (5 and 3.) They love it! Being little kids themselves, they really like the picture of the "little kid" astronaut walking with the "grown-up" astronauts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John M. Burt on April 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A little boy who is fascinated with the Moon and by the Apollo Project, and watches the flight and landing of Apollo XI with rapt attention.

Yes, Mark Haddon, as you say on Page 24, "That little boy was me". And it was me, also. And probably quite a few of this book's buyers were also that enthralled little boy (or girl).

[Christian Birmingham, your illustrations do a marvelous job of evoking that moment of time.]

It was good to be that child. It would have been good to be one of those astronauts, or one of the thousands who ought to have followed them by now.

[Or to be the little boy in the little spacesuit, capering on the Moon with Neil and Buzz, leaving little bootprints.]

But it is also good to be who I am right now, and to read this book to my own five-year-old.

[To watch him dance his toy horse across one of Birmingham's illustrations, speculating on what people would make of hoofprints on the Moon.]

Slowly, with pauses. So my voice doesn't catch . . . .
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