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Blast Off!: Review of Moonwalkers by Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton

May 14, 2019

‘The hatch on the Lunar Module opened. An astronaut climbed down the ladder…It was one small step for a man…and one giant leap for mankind.’

July 2019, marks 50 years since humans set foot on the moon and Moonwalkers, a wonderful new picture book by Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton, takes us back to that day.

Space loving boy Billy is intrigued and excited about space, rockets and the moon and has been patiently waiting for the big day – the rocket launch! In the paddock next door to him is one of the largest telescopes on Earth, nicknamed ‘The Dish’ (Parkes Radio Telescope). This will allow people from all around the world to watch this momentous event on their television screens.

The story starts as Billy is watching in awe as the Apollo 11 blasts off – is it really possible to land on the moon? Everyone in Billy’s house is excited. He would love to be an astronaut and he’s been very busy making models of the Saturn V rocket, the Command Module and the Lunar Module. Even his pet dog and cat have been getting in on the act!

Moonwalkers is filled with vivid and engaging illustrations by the fabulous and award-winning Terry Denton who we all know and love as the illustrator of Tree House series with Andy Griffiths. Billy gets very creative, leaping off the lounge while re-enacting the rocket launch, covering his siblings in silver foil to recreate space suits and practising lunar gravity while floating in the bath.

It’s a very fun way of telling little ones the story about this historical event and teaching them about all the key players, fuelling lots of role play around this anniversary. At the back of the book there is a really useful step-by-step illustrated guide of what happened, from preparing for take-off to their return to earth.

Celebrating one of our greatest achievements and the part that Australia played, Moonwalkers is the perfect bedtime story for little adventurers who dream of space and what they might discover there. Mark and Terry are not only a highly talented combination but they also remember when Apollo 11 blasted off – and clearly it made quite an impression.

They have previously worked together on Jandamarra and Boomerang and Bat.

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Mark Greenwood is a history hunter. He enjoys searching for lost explorers and glittering treasure, delving into mysteries and solving famous cold cases. Most of all, he loves sharing the stories that he finds. Mark’s books include The History Mystery series, Jandamarra with Terry Denton and Simpson and his Donkey with Frane Lessac. His award-winning books about Australia’s history have been published around the world.

Terry Denton has been creating children’s books for over 30 years. He has worked with many of Australia’s top authors, written much-loved picture books and junior fiction novels, won more than 40 children’s choice awards and been shortlisted many times in the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards. His Felix and Alexander won Picture Book of the Year in 1986. His books include The Upside-down History of Downunder with Alison Lloyd, The Worm Who Knew Karate with Jill Lever, as well as the Gasp! books and the animated TV series, and the world-famous Just! books and Treehouse series with Andy Griffiths. His work is characterised by a devious sense of humour, an adventurous and inventive drawing style and an informed flair for what interests and amuses kids.

 


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