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Rocket to the Moon!: Big Ideas That Changed the World #1 Hardcover – Illustrated, March 5, 2019

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Gr 3–7—Brown's new graphic nonfiction series follows a "big idea" from conception to fruition. This first installment starts with early rocket science, details the Apollo 11 mission, and ends with Gene Cernan, the 12th and last (so far) Earthling to walk on the moon. Early 20th-century daredevil Rod Lawman narrates, providing commentary and keeping the tone light, like Nathan Hale in the "Hazardous Tale" series. Much of the dialogue is direct quotations, cited in the endnotes. Brown addresses information that's sometimes omitted from children's texts: only men were considered for the early astronaut programs, people and animals died in rocket tests and space flights, and Wernher von Braun forced concentration camp prisoners to build rockets for the Nazis before he surrendered to the Americans. Explosions feature in many of the dynamic illustrations, as rockets were just as likely to blow up as they were to take off, and readers will be amused by frank descriptions about dealing with bodily functions on early space missions. Back matter includes a time line of spaceflight and rockets and information on Rodman Law. VERDICT A must for youth graphic collections.—Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library

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"Keeping the tone light and offering nods as he goes to historical figures . . . he focuses on technological advances that made space travel possible and on the awesome, sustained effort that brought President John F. Kennedy's "Big Idea" to fruition . . . A frank, often funny appreciation of our space program's high-water mark.”
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"Brown addresses information that’s sometimes omitted from children’s texts: only men were considered for the early astronaut programs, people and animals died in rocket tests and space flights, and Wernher von Braun forced concentration camp prisoners to build rockets for the Nazis before he surrendered to the Americans . . . A must for youth graphic collections."
, School Library Journal

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"Brown uses his characteristic watercolors and mix of explanation and primary source quotes to balance art and science . . . The illustrations keep pace with the story and maintain the reader’s interest throughout."
, School Library Connection

"A broad yet eye-opening tribute to the astronauts' achievements . . . The Big Ideas That Changed the World series is off to a promising start with this illuminating, cogent volume."
, Booklist

"Engaging . . . [Brown] peppers the oft-told tale with details that don’t always make it to the textbooks."
, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Brown’s visual storytelling offers humor, vibrancy, and a wealth of historical insight."
, Publishers Weekly

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  • Lexile Measure : GN940L
  • Grade Level : 3 - 7
  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Hardcover : 136 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1419734040
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1419734045
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8 inches
  • Publisher : Amulet Books; Illustrated Edition (March 5, 2019)
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : 8 - 12 years
  • Customer Reviews:
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