Illustrator: Terry Denton
Publisher: Picture Puffin
Mark Greenwood is an expert at turning historical events into exciting stories, thus making them accessible to young readers. Moonwalkers distils the essence of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission and moon landing into a playful adventure seen through the eyes and telescope of young Billy and his Australian family. A fine balance is maintained between simple text, famus phrases and technical terms, complemented by illustrator Terry Denton’s exuberant cartoon drawings depicting all the chaos, fun and imagination of childhood and the minutiae of family life. Younger readers will find much to discover in the detailed spreads whilst more mature readers will be rewarded by more subtle references and historical data. The book begs to be read aloud, with its signature countdown to ignition sure to make it a firm favourite at storytime.