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The Sea of Tranquility Paperback – 1 Oct 2008


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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New edition edition (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007274769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007274765
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 0.4 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and his last novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. He lives in Oxford.

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‘A touching recollection, evocatively illustrated, of a child’s-eye view of the moon and the excitement and wonder he felt when the first moon landing took place.’ Guardian

‘It is back to July 16 1969 for Mark Haddon’s The Sea of Tranquility. Apollo II’s giant leap for mankind is re-lived through the wondering imagination of a small boy and Christian Birmingham’s dream-like celestial pastels. ‘Financial Times

‘The deliciously enchanting text is complemented by Christian Birmingham’s exquisite pastel illustrations, which capture the awe and mystery that the moon had for this small boy.’ Books for Keeps

The extraordinary dream quality of the illustrations … give this book a real feel of awe and wonder. A terrific book…’ Junior Education

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Onse upon a time there was a little boy who dreamed of flying to the moon. At night he would sit at his bedroom window, staring through his Dad's binoculars, and wonder what it would be like to walk across the Sea of Tranquility. He hoped that one day the astronauts would find a way to land there. And then, one cloudless night, they did…

"A touching recollection, evocatively illustrated, of a child's-eye view of the moon and the excitement and wonder he felt when the first mon landing took place." 'The Guardian'

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We ordered this book as part of a home education study on Humans in Space. My children are 7 and 5, but young for their years. The book itself is beautiful, the illustrations are a feast for the eyes and inspired a lot of pastel work in the children.
The story is wonderfully told of one mans' memory of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon when he was a small boy. The language is well crafted and it almost reads like a poem. The children loved Mars being described as the 'space tomato'. Overall it presents as very simple but we found layers of interest and warmth in this delightful book. My children also now have a picture of the solar system on theirs walls.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Thornley on 12 July 2010
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I was recommended this book for a 5 yr old who is fascinated by space. However the book is the memories of someone who was a boy at the time of the moon landing rather than being about the landing itself. I enjoyed the book but he found it rather uninformative!
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Fabulous to share with children of any age. Used it as a base for a reflected story about dreams & ambitions. Great to introduce change of person and tense. My 11 year olds enjoyed discussing the illustrations and especially the front cover as some did not look at it carefully enough on first glance!
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A charming book which captures the inspiration of project Apollo and the sense of wonder that a child watching from Earth would have had growing up in the 1960s and 70s. A nice book to read to your children if you were born in the 1960s!
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By Jan on 26 Aug. 2012
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I loved this book for the gentle story, wonderful illustrations, and shared memories of the moon landings. Like the author, I watched the moon landings as a child in 1969 and have never forgotten the awe and wonder of that moment.
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What a delight to find a book which really brings back memories for myself, and a springboard to introducing a topic about space.

Have now bought three copies and wish it had been there for my own children at that age
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This is just the sort of book you expect from mark Haddon. This is a well-written story of a boy with dreams.
The illustrations bring the story to life beautifully.
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