Favourite books: Man on the Moon
13 April 2009Add to My Folder
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Bob is just an ordinary man – with an extraordinary job. But why is he in denial about aliens?
What first attracted me to Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob) by Simon Bartram (Templar, ISBN 9781840113693) were the beautiful, lavish and detailed illustrations. Simon Bartram has created a wonderful retro world in which he mixes the ordinary and extraordinary with great warmth and humour. At first glance the story describes a routine day in the life of Bob. The fact that Bob is no less than the Man on the Moon is beautifully understated.
The fun of the book is in the way Bob’s extraordinary job is described in such a matter of fact manner. The story is a great way to introduce children to the notion of jobs and what it is exactly that we adults do. Running through the main narrative is Bob’s denial of the existence of aliens. It is all too clear to the reader, however, that they do exist – and in abundance! Aliens are always a popular subject for children, and it is here that Bartram’s illustrations come into their own. Children will have great fun poring over the detailed pictures to spot the aliens, and will take much pleasure in the pantomime nature of the scenes.