Go for the Moon: A Rocket, a Boy, and the First Moon Landing (Hardcover)

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By Chris Gall, Chris Gall (Illustrator)
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"This picture book by Chris Gall, released just in time for the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, is nothing short of stunning. Sweeping full-page illustrations combine the sleek outlines and muted color palette of vintage travel posters with the detailed artistry of author/illustrators such as Chris Van Allsburg and David Wiesner. The nonfiction book begins with the introduction of a young boy—none other than Chris Gall, himself—anxiously awaiting the impending Moon landing. Inset panels on most pages lead us through the narrator’s fascination and ecstasy as he designs and builds his own working model rocket; prepares and stays in a cardboard “lunar module;" and watches the Apollo 11 launch, landing, and subsequent return to Earth on television. Although this book is visually appealing and cleanly laid-out, it may be difficult for some younger readers to follow on their own, and scientific explanations may pass over the heads of little ones. Best for ages 8 to 11, although younger children may find it interesting when read with or simplified by an adult."--Reviewed by Beth

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Description


Written and illustrated by Chris Gall, Go for the Moon! captures the fascinating detail and inspiring adventure of the moon landing. It is a captivating celebration of one of humankind's greatest technical achievements and most extraordinary feats of exploration.

The Apollo 11 astronauts have prepared carefully for their attempt to be the first men to land on the moon. The young narrator of this book has prepared carefully, too: he explains the design of the spacecraft, the flight from the earth to the moon, and the drama of touching down--while shadowing the astronaut's voyage with one of his own.

About the Author


Chris Gall has been drawing pictures for as long as he can remember. When he was caught doodling on his desk in second grade, his teacher suggested that he might become an artist some day, then made him clean all the desks in the classroom. In seventh grade, Chris won a Read Magazine Young Writers Award, and that inspired him to create stories to go with his art. After graduating from the University of Arizona, Chris became an award-winning, internationally recognized illustrator, and his artwork has been shown in almost every publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

In 2004, his first picture book, America the Beautiful, became a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year, and his career in children’s publishing began. Since then he has authored and illustrated more thana dozen books, including the acclaimed Dinotrux, a 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Children’s book, Dog Vs. Cat, Awesome Dawson, Substitute Creacher, Nanobots, The Littlest Train, and Go For the Moon. In 2015 Dreamworks Animation adapted Dinotrux into a television series for Netflix. Chris lives in Tucson, Arizona.



Chris Gall has been drawing pictures for as long as he can remember. When he was caught doodling on his desk in second grade, his teacher suggested that he might become an artist some day, then made him clean all the desks in the classroom. In seventh grade, Chris won a Read Magazine Young Writers Award, and that inspired him to create stories to go with his art. After graduating from the University of Arizona, Chris became an award-winning, internationally recognized illustrator, and his artwork has been shown in almost every publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

In 2004, his first picture book, America the Beautiful, became a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year, and his career in children’s publishing began. Since then he has authored and illustrated more thana dozen books, including the acclaimed Dinotrux, a 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Children’s book, Dog Vs. Cat, Awesome Dawson, Substitute Creacher, Nanobots, The Littlest Train, and Go For the Moon. In 2015 Dreamworks Animation adapted Dinotrux into a television series for Netflix. Chris lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Praise For…


"Gall uses approachable analogies to illuminate STEAM concepts, and an author’s note recalls Gall’s experience watching the moon landing as a child, further personalizing this edifying and heartfelt story." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Gall balances densely explanatory pages with wide-angle scenes filled with tension and drama... Best of all, Gall’s young narrator shows how leaps of imagination can transform the grandest milestones into the most personal experiences." - The New York Times

"The final double-page spread is a stunning, vertiginous view of the boy's next generation of homemade rockets lifting off. A solid addition to the growing collection of fine volumes about Apollo 11." - Kirkus

"[Gall's] enthusiasm for rocketry shines brightly in loving attention to hardware detail in the art, with human participants rendered as merely necessary adjuncts. He manages to capture a bit of the Moon mania of 1969 and expand enthusiasm to a new audience in appended fun facts." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Recommended for science classes and school and public library collections." - School Library Journal

"The large trim size places the focus on the richly colored illustrations, which chart and diagram each phase of the journey and return. This will appeal...to the space and tech obsessed, but as the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing arrives, anyone looking to experience the excitement of that time will have an interest." - Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250155795
ISBN-10: 1250155797
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: June 11th, 2019
Pages: 48
Language: English