|Reaching For the Moon
by Buzz Aldrin, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - starred review:
Aldrin shapes nearly each page into a kind of brief chapter, instantly pulling readers into his easygoing, articulate narrative. [He] closes with a stirring afterword encouraging readers to reach for their own moons: "If you set your sights high, you may accomplish more than you ever dreamed was possible." Minor's light-infused art balances lifelike, affecting portraiture and images of various spacecraft in motion, rendered with an almost dizzying clarity. Author and artist clearly aimed high here and easily hit their mark.
From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL - starred review:
A readable autobiography by the Apollo 11 astronaut who was the second man to walk on the Moon. Excellent, realistic paintings help describe the events mentioned in the text. Those depicting the space flights are particularly dramatic. This book should be considered a first purchase.
From KIRKUS REVIEWS:
Aldrin highlights points from his childhood that led to his dream of being an astronaut and making the historic moon landing. Coincidental details like his mother's maiden name, "Moon," and his favorite movie hero, the "Lone Ranger," suggest clues to his destiny. Minor's usual beautiful and realistic illustrations effectively convey spatial perspectives and movement, adding depth to the narrative.
From THE NEW YORK TIMES-Sunday Book Review:
The autobiographical account of one of the Apollo 11 astronauts who walked on the moon in 1969. Aldrin tells an encouraging, old-fashioned American life story of discipline and achievement. His simple prose is enhanced by Wendell Minor's warm, detailed paintings.
In straightforward language, [Aldrin] recounts his boyhood, college at West Point, early flight training, and admission to the space program. Periodically, the facts of Aldrin's life are supplemented by some unexpected details that give a sense of what space travel feels like. Minor's colorful and precisely rendered illustrations help this effort really take off, especially in the images of Aldrin's space journeys. A brief chronology, which blends events in the history of flight and space exploration with a few events of Aldrin's life, rounds out this solid title.
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Fall 2005 Kid's Picks
If the story of how a boy grew up to be a famous astronaut doesn't inspire you, Wendell Minor's incredible paintings will.
From CHILD MAGAZINE:
Exquisitely rendered realistic paintings accompany the kid-friendly anecdotes and inspiring tales that that highlight Aldrin’s drive to excel at everything from collecting rocks to flying fighter jets.”
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