Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Moonshot and The Moon Over Star

Brian Floca's Moonshot is a wonderful retelling of the flight of Apollo 11. The watercolor illustrations are detailed and expressive. I really like how Floca illustrates the inside of the capsule, but my favorite illustration is of Neil Armstrong standing on the moon. The text has an almost poetic rhythm with many interesting details, but not too many as to dull the flow of the story.

A nice companion piece for this book would be The Moon Over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Young Mae's family watches on television as the crew of Apollo 11 approaches the moon. This book is a celebration of the dreams that space flight created for so many young children.

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