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Man on the Moon - Simon Bartram
Member Name: emmakate06
Man on the Moon - Simon Bartram
Advantages: Fantastic illustrations!
Disadvantages: Bobs only fictional!
I recently won a copy of this book from the Scholastic Giveaways on the Scholastic website. It is a large A4 sized book aimed at children aged 5-7. It is beautifully written by Simon Bartram and was awarded the Blue Peter Book of the Year in 2004. The recommended retail price of this book is £6.99 which I think is reasonable value and I am sure you should be able to get it cheaper from online book stores or Amazon.
The book itself is about a man named Bob. Bob is a caretaker on the moon and this story takes you through Bob' working day from the moment he wakes up until he returns to bed at night. Bob thinks that he knows everything about the moon, however he remains blissfully unaware of ALIENS!!!!
The story starts with a brief introduction about Bob and shows you him pictured in house. His home is wonderfully decorated with all kinds of pictures of space and astronauts emphasising his interest and knowledge of space. We are told about Bob's morning routine including what he eats for breakfast as you cant be working on the moon on an empty stomach! After breakfast he then sets off on his journey to the rocket launch pad where he then blasts off to the moon ready for another busy days work.
The story then goes on to tell us about the jobs Bob has to do on the moon and how he manages to keep it clean and tidy. We also get introduced to two of Bob's friends Billy (The Man on Mars) and Sam ( The Man on Saturn) with whom he sometimes meets for lunch.
Not only does Bob keep the moon clean and tidy, but he also entertains the space tourists and spends up to two hours entertaining them and providing them with something to photograph. Occasionally Bob will also provide guided tours and lessons to the Space Tourists also.
The book then takes us through Bob's journey home and his evening routine before returning to bed. It is a beautifully written book and this is complemented by the absolutely fantastic illustrations which accompany each page. There are also some double paged illustrations and these are actually quite breathtaking for a storybook. The attention to detail with each drawing is magnificent and I always spot something new when reading this book to my children.
Now as I mentioned previous this book is aimed at 5-7 year olds who are able to read quite well as some of the words are quite difficult for a young child. However, I read this book to my children aged 1 and 2 and they absolutely love me reading this story to them and they too are quite taken with the pictures. The writing varies between 1 to 3 paragraphs on each page and the writing is relatively big making it easy and clear to read.
It is a great fun book and actually makes Bobs job sound quite believeable as you read it. It isnt too long so can maintain a childs attention and is 28 pages long though only about half of these pages have writing on, with the rest featuring beautiful pictures.
Overall this is a fantastic book to be read to younger children or for an older child to enjoy on their own. It is a good fun and entertaining book and rightly deserved its 2004 award.
Summary: Fantastic book worthy of its 2004 award.
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