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Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I'm Off to the Moon! Hardcover – September, 1997

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K. A boy's trip to the moon and home again is told in a simple rhyming text, "First, space suit,/then, space boot." Artwork rendered in alkyds on watercolor paper is painted in lush colors and fills the page. Pictures in a stylized manner reminiscent of '30s art illustrate the scenes, enriching the fantasy element of the story. Text is placed within illustrations, successfully leading the eye and complementing the narrative. "Lights winking./Panels blinking./Buttons and dials/Count the miles" are words that become part of the instrument panel, adding movement to the page as they are read. This title is suited for independent reading or as a read-aloud. Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! can be teamed with Jill Murphy's What Next, Baby Bear? (Dial, 1986) and Nina Crews's I'll Catch the Moon (Greenwillow, 1996) for a lunar storytime.?Susan M. Moore, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

With infectious excitement, a young child bounds through his door, into a rocket and off to the moon. The short, rhymed text, replete with exclamation points, pounds away like a rapid heartbeat--``Boosters blast!/Moving fast./Engines roaring./Rocket soaring''-- while the young traveler, resembling the Michelin Man in his huge, orange spacesuit, tumbles about in free fall, watches the earth rise from the lunar surface, then waves at the crowds celebrating his return before bounding back into his parents' arms, and to bed. Using hot, shimmeringly intense hues that shift from spread to spread, Yaccarino (If I Had a Robot, 1996, etc.) creates big, simple paintings so energetic they practically need to be held down; this is his most emphatic crowd pleaser since Eve Merriam's Bam Bam Bam (1995) (Picture book. 3-5) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590956108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590956109
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dan has written and illustrated over three dozen children's books and has had the pleasure of working with some of the most prestigious names in children's literature, including Margaret Wise Brown, Jack Prelutsky, Kevin Henkes and Patricia MacLaughlin. Dan has also had the honor of being invited to the White House to share his books and to participate in the annual Easter festivities.

Dan has created and produced Nickelodeon's animated series, Oswald, as well as Willa's Wild Life and is the character designer behind Nickelodeon's The Backyardigans.

Currently, Dan is writing and illustrating more books and is developing more television as well as feature film projects.

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Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
At least once a year I blast off to the moon and beyond, and explore the wonders of outer space. Since my launch pad is a library, and my crew a room full of exuberant pre-schoolers, I always begin the journey with a book. Finding just the right one to set the mood for this galactic trip is not an easy task. What luck to stumble across Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I'm Off to the Moon, while mindlessly scrolling down Amazon's list of possible children's books to review! Dan Yaccarino's simple prose lifts off with a rhythmic beat that soars along throughout the lunar odyssey , right down to the final page of re-entry. All this is accomplished with just the right amount of scientific accuracy - "First stage, engines fire. Second stage, flying higher. Third stage, engines tire." His bright, bold, up close and personal illustrations of a spunky young astronaught engaging in each stage of his voyage, reveal on every large page the wonders of "outer space all over the place." What excitement to be suiting up, counting down, lifting off, landing, and standing on the moon in the dark skies staring off at earthrise. I try to purchase for the library's children's collection a single copy of every very good picture book I discover...two copies for a particularly good one. I'm buying three of Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! This review may not be a winner, but this book is a winning choice for any member of the pre-school space-loving set.
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By A Customer on June 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
toodlers will love hearing this story over and over agin. i work in a 18 month old classroom to 2 yrs of age, my co teachers and i read this book to the kids all the time.the children and adults love it
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Format: Hardcover
Easy rhyming, rhythmic phrases, and cool space-related pictures in bright colors lend to repeats of this story almost every night! Our Son liked this book so much that he reached for it over and over for bedtime stories - even before he could talk. (One of his first words was ZOOM!) If you like space stuff, you and your kids will find Dan Yaccarino's "ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM..." a real pleaser!!
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By A Customer on September 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
We found this book at the library last night and it was such an instant hit I'm buying it today. The pictures and big and bold and whimsical and the rhyming is very nice. My 2-year-old daughter doesn't even know what a rocket is yet but she asked me to read this book first thing this morning.
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Format: Hardcover
My son, Christopher, is 7 years old, and is just facinated by space, and loves the movie "Apollo 13". I bought this book, and he just loved it. I couldn't be happier with it. He really enjoyed the pictures, and I could tell he was making sure that it was as accurate as the movie that he watches over and over. It's nice to see a book that excites a child like this one did.
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Format: Paperback
My almost 15 month old insists on having this read to him at least three times a day--for both naps and at bedtime. This has been the routine for about a month now. He'll sit and listen to other books as well, but this is his must read book. As soon as the other book is finished, he's trying to find this one. It has bright pictures that make him giggle. The text is quick and has some easy rhyming. He loves all the simple faces of the characters.
I bought this at a thrift store last year in nearly new condition. Ours is just about worn out now and I'm looking for another copy.
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I used this book for my 3-5 year old preschoolers. They absolutely loved it. Their favorite part was the "moon rocks in a box" so me made our own moon rocks by wadding up foil and rolling it in paint and then glitter mixed with sand. All of the kids wanted to read the book or play with the rocks when it was time to choose centers at choice time.
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