Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

by Brian Floca

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An extraordinary delight for a reader of any age.”The New York Times Book Review

Brian Floca explores Apollo 11’s famed moon landing with this newly expanded edition of Moonshot!

Simply told, grandly shown, and now with eight additional pages of brand-new art and more in-depth information about the historic moon landing, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781534440517
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 911,923
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
File size: 45 MB
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Age Range: 6 - 11 Years

About the Author

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of Locomotive, winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal; 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; and Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book. 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

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Moonshot 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
bc3301 More than 1 year ago
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca is a very informational picture book. The details of the book were great along with the pictures. This book would be great to use for a lesson with space or astronomy because the information is so detailed and factual in the book. The pictures in the book give as much detail the text in the book. I think this book would be great to tie in with a lesson and I would most certainly use it in my classroom. I liked the details of the book and how much information the book gave. All the text was very informational and there was a lot of it. I think that if I were to use a nonfiction trade book in my classroom I would want it to contain as much valuable information as possible. This nonfiction book did include a ton of information and it was on a subject I enjoy very much. bc3301
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, written in blank verse and beautifully illustrated, takes young readers up, up and away to man's first step on the moon. Even though the story is already well known, the author manages to invoke a full spectrum of emotions - elation, worry, triumph and joy. I heartily recommend MOONSHOT for aspiring astronauts of both sexes and, frankly, for children of all ages. I enjoyed reading this as much as my three grandchildren, ages 8,6 and 4, enjoyed listening to it. At age eight my granddaughter can read it by herself, her six year old brother with some help. Everyone, however, loved it.
adb3301 More than 1 year ago
"3.2.1.ZERO.LIFTOFF!" The excitement and anticipation one has when there is a countdown is reflective of this wonderful account of the flight of Apollo 11's mission to the moon told by Brian Floca's "Moonshot The Flight of Apollo 11." This book is not only ideal for young children but for all ages. It's brief yet informative, with each page you're learning about the process and/or experiences of the mission. The water color illustrations are vivid and detailed. It was fun to study the pictures. I read it a few times and every time I found something new. For young kids that can't read looking at the pictures tells the process and story of the mission without the text. This book will be a treasure and a tool that I hope to share with the young kids in my life. adb3301
BookwormforKids 4 months ago
The Apollo 11 mission and many aspects surrounding it come to life in this beautifully illustrated picture book. Right away on the book jacket, information surrounding the Apollo 11 mission begins with all sorts of technical explanations which are well described in easy to understand language. When the book itself begins, the work behind the mission is brought to light. Everything from the engineering to the sewing of the suits is presented. The lift-off brings along the wonder and excitement needed before the journey through space...and life in the described. And that's only the beginning. The text is perfect for ages four and up, allowing the atmosphere surrounding the Apollo 11 to come across clearly and understandably. The greater challenges are explained, but never in too much detail to grow boring, either. The author delivers broad concepts as well as lesser known details (such as moon dust) to keep the book lively and interesting. The main treats, however, are the illustrations. Young listeners will dive into the mission with such detail, that they'll feel as if they're really joining in. Much love has gone into the pictures, and it's worth flipping through the book just to enjoy this aspect of it. This is a great read, not only for young space fans, but for all ages.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I felt like I was the fourth passenger on Apollo 11 when I read this book. I saw what the crewmen saw; I felt what the crewmen felt.The pictures are fun, like cartoons. The pictures, together with the text, carry you right into the story. Both the pictures and the text are simple, but there is more detailed information for those who want to know more in the back.The children who listened to the story liked the pictures and the text a lot. They especially liked the way the words were written on the page.A Sample: ¿In the dust and stonebeneath their feet,no seed has ever grown,no root has ever reached.Still secrets wait there,the story of the Moon:Where did it come from?How old is it?What is it made of?(Not green cheese.)¿Children¿s Comments:Stevie, 6, said, "I liked the book because it was awesome. The words looked like they were coming out at you."Kaylin, 6, said, "It looked cool to be floating in space."Joaquin, 6, said, "I liked it when the rocket blasted off and the dirt went up in the air."Children¿s Ratings: 5, 5, 5, 5
scnelson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautifully illustrated story of the first mission to land on the moon, Apollo 11. This event occurred in my lifetime, but it must seem like ancient history to the kids of today and it is a piece of our history well worth remembering. The space program of the 60's was a time of energy and optimism that may never recur in America, and we can all take some inspiration from those events which also took place in one of the most turbulent times in our collective history. At a time when America was tearing itself apart, Apollo 11 provided a focal point that we could all be proud of and hopefully, we will have more events such as this in our future.
newanddifferent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is nothing bad to say about this book. Well-written, well-paced text and excellent, visually interesting illustrations. Great!
asomers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautiful, sstunning book. The words are simple and the pictures breath-taking. It is easy to see why this was a Sibert award winner. I think it should have received a Caldecott as well.
alyson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the mix of very grand illustrations of the moon and the simple pictures of the family on earth watching the television coverage of the moon landing. This is an informative nonfiction book that reads like a picture book. I actually got a little teary eyed when they landed!
jreinhart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This juvenile book has incredibly detailed and evoking imagery that makes the Moon landing of Apollo 11 much more tangible. The prose flows nicely and uses a tone and style accessible to children of all ages.For me the illustrations really bind the book together and allow it to launch into the stratosphere. The finished product serves to ground the people involved in the lunar landing as regular people and not the gigantic mythos they've become. They were regular people who did something extraordinary Any child, or child at heart, can embrace this wonderful book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago