How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers

How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers

A Simple but Brilliant Plan in 24 Easy Steps

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In this simple, step-by-step instructional picture book, learn how you too can visit the moon on your bicycle! All you need is a very long garden hose, a very large slingshot, a borrowed spacesuit, and a bicycle . . . and plenty of imagination. With tongue firmly in cheek, Caldecott Medal winner Mordicai Gerstein outlines the steps needed in glorious comic book-style panels and a deadpan voice, leaving nothing out: the food you'll eat, how to deal with loneliness in space, how to water thosesunflower seeds once they're planted--even how to deal with the media attention back home after a successful trip. An inspired work of whimsy, How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers is a spacefaring adventure for daydreamers and a starter kit for the imagination.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013

Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781596435124
Branch Call Number: J FF GER
Characteristics: [40] p. :,col. ill. ;,28 cm


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Nov 11, 2017

This brilliant book lays out the completely plausible plans for riding a bicycle to the moon to plant sunflowers. Why NASA isn't on this I don't know.
Seriously, this book will appeal to all adventure loving children, and adults. I hope adults that find their children want to try this won't explain any of the plans flaws, and instead just offer some old garden hose tied to two trees, and be attentive and helpful as the child tries "practicing" the bicycling. Also, doing the math on how long it will take to reach the moon will also be instructive, without ruining the absolutely brilliant creativity of this book. If I'd read this as a child I would have tried both immediately after reading the book.

Nov 25, 2016

The art style doesn't thrill me, but the story and the humor are so enjoyable that I have to recommend this. Obviously we've all stayed awake at night wondering how to get sunflowers on the moon, right? The level of detail in the 24 step plan is impressive, and I cannot imagine how much time Gerstein spent putting this together. I read it aloud to my son, and had to stop a couple of times because he and his dad were laughing so much. Inventors, tinkerers, builders, engineers, and scientists will especially get a kick out of this one.

ChristchurchLib Jul 24, 2013

When a messy-haired kid with a gap-toothed grin decides that the moon looks sad, he devises an ingenious 24-step plan to bicycle to the moon and perk it up with some sunflowers. Though it's based on a handful of real scientific facts, most of the boy's plan is laughably implausible, yet readers won't be able to resist his unshakable optimism. Loaded with the kind of wacky ideas that kids love - what's not awesome about a giant slingshot to the moon? - and illustrated with delightfully detailed cartoons, this quirky how-to guide (from Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein) is a great pick for older kids and aspiring engineers.
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