Man on the Moon: (a day in the life of Bob)

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Bob has a very important job on the Moon. But who?s that in the background making faces at him? Kids will laugh along at this strikingly illustrated tongue-in-cheek tale.

6:00 a.m. Wake up. Have two eggs for breakfast.
8:00 a.m. Arrive at launchpad. Change into special man-on-the-moon suit.
8:45 a.m. Blast ...

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Overview

Bob has a very important job on the Moon. But who’s that in the background making faces at him? Kids will laugh along at this strikingly illustrated tongue-in-cheek tale.

6:00 a.m. Wake up. Have two eggs for breakfast.
8:00 a.m. Arrive at launchpad. Change into special man-on-the-moon suit.
8:45 a.m. Blast off.
8:58 a.m. Arrive on Moon.
9:00 a.m. Start work.

This is how Bob, the Man on the Moon, begins his day. It’s Bob’s job to entertain the tourists (handstands and high moon jumps are a hit), conduct Moon seminars (how long does it take to walk around the Moon on stilts?), sell souvenirs (pens, postcards - the usual), and keep the Moon clean and neat. Some people say that aliens are the ones who leave all the trash, but Bob tells them aliens don’t exist, and he would know . . . wouldn’t he?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
There is something very English about tall low-key Bob. Maybe it is the way he starts his morning with a cup of tea and follows a daily routine. Or it may be the tongue-in-cheek tone of this book. For all his ordinary name and well-established work routine, Bob is not an ordinary fellow. He is the man on the moon—quite literally. Each morning and evening, he takes a rocketship to his workplace and does a little vacuuming of moon dust before the tourists from Earth arrive; he then puts in a full day, showing tourists around the moon, selling them souvenirs, and assuring them that there are no aliens. However, children will enjoy finding little green men in Bartram's campy illustrations that suggest Bob is not quite as alert as he might be. Children fascinated with outer space are likely to love this book and parents may be amused enough by it to revisit it again and again. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763644260
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 689,069
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.57 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Bartram has illustrated four children’s books, including PUMPKIN MOON, about which PUBLISHERS WEEKLY said, "Bartram reinvents David Weisner’s TUESDAY with grimacing jack-o-lanterns and a hellfire orange gleam." Of MAN ON THE MOON!, Simon Bartram says, "I wrote the book after I read reports in the newspaper that soon civilians would be taking trips to the moon. If so, then someone would have to keep the moon tidy and presentable - hence, Bob. Another relevant point of inspiration was that I have always suspected that some of my closest friends are not from this planet!"
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