For the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a step-by-step explanation of how the Apollo 11 spacecraft worked as told by a young enthusiast.The Apollo 11 astronauts have prepared carefully for their attempt to be the first men to land on the moon. The young narrator of this book has prepared carefully, too: he explains the design of the spacecraft, the flight from the earth to the moon, and the drama of touching down - while shadowing the astronaut’s voyage with one of his own. Go for the Moon! captures the fascinating detail and inspiring adventure of the moon landing. It is a captivating celebration of one of humankind’s greatest technical achievements and most extraordinary feats of exploration.
My preschooler/astronaut-in-training loves this book! There’s a lot of information in it, which could be overwhelming for very young children or kids who aren’t particularly interested in the more technical aspects of space travel, but it’s easy to pare down the material you actually read to fit the kid you’re reading with. It’s fun that there are two parallel storylines: the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, and the story of a young boy in 1969 who is excitedly following the action in the news and building his own small rocket. It does a nice job of capturing the excitement and sense of accomplishment surrounding the moon landing.
Chris Gall is the award-winning author and illustrator of Dinotrux, which inspired a Netflix original TV series, and other books in the series, including Dinotrux Dig the Beach and Revenge of the Dinotrux. His other picture books include Nanobots, Dog vs. Cat, Awesome Dawson, Substitute Creacher, and America the Beautiful. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.