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Man on the Moon [Hardcover]

Simon Bartram
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Book Description

1 Aug 2002
This witty book takes a good look at a day in the life of Bob. Find out what he does on the moon; cleaning and tidying, welcoming visitors, performing tricks for tourists and much more. He knows almost everything there is to know about the moon, and he's absolutely sure that there's no such thing as aliens. But there's something going on behind his back that he hasn't spotted...

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing; Third Impression edition (1 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840114452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840114454
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 23.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Bartram graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a First Class degree in illustration in 1990, and his art style is heavily influenced by such artists as Peter Blake, Peter Howson, Stanley Spencer and Reg Cartwright.

Simon has produced work for ES Magazine, The Independent on Sunday and Faber & Faber. His stylised drawings, which rely on exaggerated proportions, distortion and strong lighting, are proving popular with modern advertising.

His retelling of the children's classic Pinocchio was runner up for the 1999 Mother Goose Award.

Titles for Templar include a fun-packed poetry title Watch Out for Sprouts and the hugely successful Dougal's Deep-Sea Diary and Man on the Moon , winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Bob, the Man on the Moon, has also appeared in The Alien-Spotter's Handbook and in the picture book sequel Bob's Best Ever Friend.

Bob & Barry's Lunar Adventures is a new series for young readers by Simon. The first title, The Disappearing Moon, published in September 2009, and the second, A Right Royal Disaster in February 2010 and The Heartless Robots in September 2010. Clone Chaos published in April 2011.
Bob:Moon Tree Mystery is Simon's new picture book, out late 2012.

Simon lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with his wife and their young son.

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'Anyone who liked Toy Story will fall for Bob, for Bartram's artlessly clever prose and the big, bold, wonderfully-detailed illustrations.' -- The Guardian, July 7, 2002

'Inventive, witty, stylish and intriguing.' -- The Guardian, July 7, 2002

'It may announce the arrival of a new talent among picture book creators. ' -- Books For Keeps, September, 2002

About the Author

Simon Bartram graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a First Class degree in illustration in 1990. Simon has produced work for ES Magazine, the Independent on Sunday, Woodhouse London and Faber & Faber. His stylised way of drawing, which relies on exaggerated proportions, distortion and strong lighting, is proving popular with modern advertising.

Simon would like to work in all areas of his craft, but he particularly likes illustrating children’s stories and is currently writing and illustrating stories of his own. He has worked on a number of picture books, most noteably a retelling of the children’s classic Pinocchio - runner up for the 1999 Mother Goose Award.

Simon lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His first title for Templar Publishing was Pumpkin Moon, now followed by the Greenaway shortlisted Man on the Moon, A Winter’s Tale, and his latest work is the follow-up to Man On the Moon; Dougal, the Deep Sea-Diver.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surely will become a classic 1 Mar 2005
A straightforward story of a man's day at work, on the moon, with an underlying humour. The cover didn't immediately appeal to me but having read the story once I was hooked - you don't mind having to read it over and over again and it's a great present for the 3s up, boys especially. Fantastic pictures throughout, a kind of bold exaggerated lifelike style (except that the book is full of aliens). The children think it is hilarious that Bob is the Moon expert and knows for sure there are no aliens, and yet if they look carefully the reader can spot them here there and everywhere, stealing his cake at his picnic, on the bus in the earth rush hours, even in his bath. I am sure it will become a classic.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best odd book ever 15 Nov 2004
Discovered this when it was shortlisted for a book award a couple of years ago. Since then, it's been a hilarious staple of night time reading, day time reading, Daddy reading to himself, and just general conversation between our children and ourselves. Visitors to the house get handed it to read, and rush out to buy copies of their own. My son and his mates are now Billy the Man on Mars and Sam the Man on Saturn. (Oddly none of them are Bob!) Grandma has just mailed a copy to a young cousin in Western Australia, so hopefully Bob and his aliens (what aliens?!) will begin to take root there too.
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...) and beautifully drawn too.
Can't recommend highly enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeously illustrated 3 April 2007
By Giddy
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Both my daughter and I love this book. The illustrations are fantastic, beautiful affairs that gives loads of detail to look at, the story is good, even after the 100+ read. If you get this one consider 'Dougals deep Sea Diary' too; it's great and there are a couple of subtle tie ins that make them work well together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Cleans The Mon 16 Jun 2013
Bob, has the most exciting job of anyone I know. He gets up every morning, eats his breakfast and gets into his spaceship for his daily trip to the moon. He has to be there early because his job is to clean the moon and make it ready for the daily influx of visitors from Earth. In between cleaning and welcoming the visitors he sells souvenirs, t-shirts and flags. This is a difficult job but Bob has it down pat. There is some mention of aliens, but we all know aliens don't exist, don't we? There seems to be little green aliens in many of the beautiful pictures, but they are not mentioned and left to our imagination, as they are in real life. At the end of the day, Bob cleans up what he can, climbs into his spaceship and zooms back to earth. He eats his dinner and goes to bed to get ready for a new day of excitement on the moon.

My grandson. Oliver is three and he enjoys this book immensely. His mommy and daddy like to read it to him. It is a book for all ages it appears. It tells a simple story in terms all can enjoy. Much of Bob's life is displayed in the beautiful illustrations throughout the book. However, much of the story of Bob's life is left up to our imagination. Pssst--Have you seen any aliens?

Recommended. prisrob 06-16-13
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great bedtime story 9 Jun 2012
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This is a brilliant bedtime story with beautiful illustrations. It is a favourite in our household. Spotting aliens always gets a laugh. I've also given it as presents and it was well received. I'm awaiting Bob's friend book so will see if it's as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A colourful book of great fun 3 Nov 2011
It was in the local library when I first bumped into this book. My daughter loves good books and I am on a constant search for new material. The pictures had some striking beauty with their painting like character and they had real humour too and the story seemed OK. It turned out to be a real best seller at home. I had to renew the loan as many times as possible before we took the book back to the library.
The text and the pictures are well connected supporting each other, however they have their own life too: the story can be read without looking at any of the pictures, and as the book is richly illustrated it is very easy to make up your own storyline without reading.
It is also big fun to discover every hidden aliens on the pages even the one slowly arriving to the Earth in his tiny flying saucer throughout all the pages. How come Bob cannot see any of them?-well, that is something that makes my little daughter laugh all the time and urge me to read the book over and over again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man on the Moon 28 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Every little budding astronaut will love this fabulously illustrated and extremely humourous book about a man called Bob who, for want of a better description, works as janitor and tour guide on the moon. Man on the moon is now a night time ritual for My 2 year old son and 35 year old husband! A very original and imaginative book not to be ignored - especially the rather strange looking aliens - You'll love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition for 2nd hand 14 April 2014
By Chriss
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Needed this book fast for 'world book day'. Had no idea what the man on the moon was about. It came quickly and was in great condition as described.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars hi
i like this book because it is funny and entertaining and interesting. I rated it five stars because when I first read it, it made me laugh.
Published 5 days ago by will
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and fun book
My grandson, aged 3, really likes this story and I like reading it to him. Although it's pure fantasy, Bob does ordinary things, like taking sandwiches for his lunch and vacuuming... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mrs Susan J Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars We loved it at our school!
As part of our Literacy lesson we have read the Man on the Moon.
This is what we liked.....

the alien ate bobss bun Joshua age 8

the picnic kyle age... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Man on the Moon
As a part of our literacy work at school, we have been focussing on the story, Man on the Moon.
The children will write their reviews:

i lik bob roket (Alfie, age... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martha Read
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone knows there AREN'T any aliens!!
My son loves proving Bob wrong and pointing out all the aliens that moon-worker Bob fails to spot. Heaps of bedtime fun. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. J. Noyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I'm not the biggest fan of the illustrations myself but I have found children really do love them! and they find the story very entertaining. Great quality, fun book.
Published 1 month ago by Teresa Ferrara
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
Great book to read to young children.. Created lots of discussion and fired my classes imagination to put forward their own ideas for story writing
Published 1 month ago by M B Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob - the man on the moon!
My daughter was first introduced to this book at nursery & has loved it ever since. Having loaned it from the library more than once we purchased it for her birthday. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karen Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful illustrations
The man on the moon book series are wonderful. I love the illustrations, there are lots of hidden things to spot in the pictures. The story is quite sweet. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book - will get sequels !
My 3.5 year old has suddenly become very interested in space and rockets and so this book was a major hit ! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. A. Khan
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