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Author-illustrator Brian Floca combines gripping narrative with a wealth of detail to deliver a beautifully poetic treatment of Apollo 11. Space and history buffs will find much to sink their teeth into, and anyone who likes a good story will find this compelling. Floca brings alive the electric excitement of 1969 with fluid text and illustrations -- such as a father sinking into his armchair in relief as his family cheers during coverage of the Eagle landing on TV. His phrasing is wonderful. Armstrong reports the landing “calm as a man who just parked a car”; the rocket "rides a flapping, cracking flame"; 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."
Finely detailed artwork captures both the spectacular magnitude of the event, from liftoff to landing, and the fine details curious kids may spend hours exploring. The inside covers offer more to explore: In front, Floca provides a visual explanation of how Apollo 11 operated; in back, a detailed narrative of the event. This would be a treat to read with adults who remember Apollo 11.
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