nonfiction nuggets…we choose to go to the moon!

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, written and illustrated by Brian Floca

I was 8 years old when Neil Armstrong landed the Eagle on the moon and awkwardly climbed down the ladder to step on that cold, grayish, surface.  It is a clear memory.  Gathered around our black-and-white TV set on our harvest gold and avocado green cushions,  just about holding our breath with the awe and suspense and excitement.  Walter Cronkite rubbing his hands together like a giddy schoolboy.

Brian Floca’s award-winning book, Moonshot, tells the story of that voyage in clear, descriptive words and outstanding, eloquent paintings.  Gah!  He is so talented!

Floca captures the sense of exotic distances, the intrigue of the astronauts’ fascinating equipment, the mammoth size of the rocket, the tension of a dangerous lunar landing, with language that is both uncomplicated and poetic, suited to a 5-year-old and riveting for an adult.  Meanwhile, his watercolor illustrations include bright, detailed glimpses inside the spaceship, with its hundreds of switches and rogue floating pencils, and awe-inspiring looks at the lonely space capsule moving through star-studded blackness.  Together, the partnership of words and pictures delivers a fantastic account packed with both information and emotion.

The end pages of the book are crammed with cool  information for the older crowd — technical details of the rocket and its various flight stages and a lengthy account of the process from JFK’s 1961 speech through the final Apollo mission — suited for folks  perhaps 12 years old and up.

I am a Brian Floca fan and this book is another one of his that reaches out and grabs the attention, especially of young boys.

Here’s the Amazon link:

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover))