Moonshot by Brian Floca
The Flight of Apollo 11 (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover))

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Brilliantly illustrated, Moonshot tells the story of our first visit to the moon in 1969—an unforgettable story of home, seen whole, from far away.

Simply told, grandly shown, here is the flight of Apollo 11. Here for a new generation of readers and explorers are the steady astronauts, clicking themselves into gloves and helmets, strapping themselves into sideways seats. Here are their great machines in all their detail and monumentality, the ROAR of rockets, and the silence of the Moon. Here is a story of adventure and discovery -- a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away.
 

About Brian Floca

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Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Lightship, also a Sibert Honor Book; The Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book, and Locomotive, which explores America’s first transcontinental railroad. He has illustrated Avi’s Poppy Stories, Kate Messner’s Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. You can visit him online at BrianFloca.com.
 
Published November 5, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Children's Books.

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Each page turn presents a surprise: A spread with six horizontal panels showing rocket, bystanders and astronauts during countdown yields to a close-up of the thrusters firing at liftoff and then to a perfectly sublime long shot that positions a tiny Saturn V rocket pulling away from the launch p...

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Several publishers are issuing children's books this season in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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the astronauts on the moon gaze toward "family, friends, and strangers, everyone you've ever known, everyone you might -- the good and lonely Earth, glowing in the sky.” The inside covers offer more to explore: In front, Floca provides a visual explanation of how Apollo 11 operated;

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Floca balances the astronauts’ seriousness of purpose with comical details about the perils of eating and eliminating in weightless space, and he characterizes Armstrong and Aldrin’s stroll on the Moon with a childlike glee: “They step, they hop./ As light as boys,/ they lope, they leap!” Through...

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