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How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers: A Simple but Brilliant Plan in 24 Easy Steps Hardcover – April 2, 2013


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*Starred Review* In this unusual picture book, a boy shares his inventive plan for reaching the moon, planting sunflower seeds, and returning to a hero’s welcome back on Earth. What with “homework, soccer, violin, and all the other stuff” on his schedule, he has never made the trip. Still, he happily passes along the practical details of his plan. Preparations include collecting and connecting all your neighbors’ old garden hoses into one 238,900-mile length, building an enormous slingshot that will shoot one end of the hose to the moon (don’t forget the anchor), learning to bicycle along the taut hose, and requesting a small spacesuit from NASA, among other important details. Brightly illustrated in cartoon-style panels as well as the occasional double-page spread, the imaginative, first-person text will be riveting for process-minded kids. Because, really, who doesn’t want to make a giant slingshot using 2,000 interwoven inner tubes and a couple of birch trees on top of a hill, not to mention travel in space? Can’t quite visualize it? Not to worry. Fresh and often-amusing ink drawings, brightened with color washes, illustrate every moment of the adventure. Gerstein, a Caldecott-winning illustrator, offers a uniquely entertaining picture book that glows with the satisfaction of a boy who knows he could travel to the moon. Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn Phelan

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"A grand flight of fancy perfect for a new generation of dreamers and planners." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Gerstein, a Caldecott-winning illustrator, offers a uniquely entertaining picture book that glows with the satisfaction of a boy who knows he could travel to the moon." -- Booklist, starred review

 "...genuine and infectious..."--Publishers Weekly

 "Readers . . . are sure to enjoy the ride." -- School Library Journal

"There’s enough reference here to the actual challenges of space travel to justify a quirky side trip in a solar system science unit—not that flights of fancy require justification." - BCCB

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596435127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596435124
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just read this to my two boys and they LOVED it. It's one of those books, when you finish, you feel like you've just experienced something wildly original and fresh. So many books feel like a rehash of some formula or another, some story that in some way has been told before. Not this one. While the plot is simple (that's good) the plot devices are anything but (that's great), and therein lies the magic. Even the vantage point of the narrator is original, and puts the reader--or the one being read to--smack dab in that bike seat on the way to the moon. Love the loose, expressive art and color, and a voice so real and uncontrived I missed it the moment the "lesson" was over.
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This book is so cute! very interesting, and the images are great. I wish I would've bought it hard copy, however I needed it in a rush so I got the Kindle version which is still very nice.
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This is one of those crazy plans that Just-Might-Work!

Mordicai Gerstein has done some of favorite books, including one on Yosemite and one on the Twin Towers.

See whether your kids can improve on these plans -- you'll be amazed at what they come up with!
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Ordered this for my 4 year old grandson. He loved this book. And his dad enjoyed reading it to him.
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