Blast off to an extraterrestrial birthday celebration where young partygoers get to romp in a low-gravity playground; discover that candles and balloons behave weirdly in the lunar atmosphere; and learn why the “moon angels” they make in the dust will last for millennia. This cool picture book combines fun and facts to explain the science behind each surprise in terms children can easily grasp.
There are lots of science-y picture books these days that simultaneously try to teach you things and keep you entertained, but they’re mostly terribly illustrated and not actually engaging at all. This is not the case with “If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon”! These are some high-quality illustrations, and even though it’s jam packed with facts and there really isn’t much of a story, the birthday party theme keeps things tied together, interesting, and upbeat. Will you want to read this a hundred times? Probably not, but it’s a great sciency read that you’ll want to read more than once and perfect book for older kids to peruse on their own, stopping for the additional fact boxes and all.
Joyce Lapin is very active in SCBWI. This is her first book for young readers. She lives with her family in Simsbury, CT.
Simona Ceccarelli is a freelance illustrator who has worked as both a scientist and an art director. Originally from Como, Italy, she’s now based in Basel, Switzerland.