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

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Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). Yesterday a parent came over to tell me how impressed she was by the book fair and that you did a fabulous job of selling the books to the children first. Does the book contain anything that teachers would wish to know about before recommending in class (strong language, sensitive topics etc.

Absolutely my favourite book to read to children, one of their favourites to listen to (though Daddy insisting on reading it never goes down well. You guys were so fab and Dawn was such a lovely presence in the schools - I will absolutely be in touch next time I'm in your neck of the woods.

However, the detailed, period pictures, tell a different story and readers will soon spot the little green men lurking in the background. As a picture book, all parents will enjoy reading this story during the daytime or bedtime, the narrative is engaging and the children are fully absorbed in the images. With its bold, quirky illustrations and charming story of a lunar caretaker, Simon Bartram’s Man on the Moon series has become a modern picture book classic.

This book was shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Award (2003) and won the Blue Peter Book of the Year (2004) and it is very easy to see why.

Each day, a lanky bachelor named Bob leaves his red-brick townhouse and bicycles to a hilltop launch pad. Simon Bartram (author and illustrator) fully engages an audience of any age, you will never tire of reading this story. Although at first it doesn't jump out as a 'typical' children's story as the illustrations are of an older style, this is what makes it unique and also what draws the children to it. This excellent picture book has enough depth to captivate pupils and is an entertaining storytime choice for Year 1 and 2. Find out what he does on the moon: cleaning and tidying, welcoming vistors, performing tricks for tourists and much more.

Man on the Moon: A Day in the Life of Bob (newly re-issued by Templar) is a truly wonderful piece of art and story alike. And Bob manages all of this whilst apparently blissfully unaware of some rather huge and important information!

It was such a pleasure to meet you both, and I really appreciated how smoothly and professionally you ran everything. With its colourful and droll illustrations that leap off the page, perfectly matched by the playful text, this wonderful picture book is as much of a treat to read whether you're a 4-year old or a 40-year old (or more)! I have even talked the head into a little revamp of the library so that we can display them properly!

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