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Lovely picture book - but beware the hardcover and paperback versions are quite different
on 11 February 2014
This is a really lovely picture book and great for my 21 month old daughter who is very interested in the moon. I particularly liked that the child in the book is a little girl as it's not just boys who are interested in space and rockets.
I decided to get another copy of the book as a present and noticed that some reviews were referring to puzzles at the back of the book. There are no puzzles in our paperback version, so I thought I'd order the hardback version to see if that had the puzzles. I then realised that the paperback and hardback versions are quite different, so thought I'd summarise the differences to help other people choose which version to get:
1)The paperback is much bigger, which makes the illustrations look better.
2) the hardback version has a few puzzles at the end which are missing from the paperback version
3) there is more text in the paperback version, it's in the present tense and talks as if the child is going to the moon (e.g. To go outside, you have to put on a space suit). The hardback version has slightly less text and it's in the past tense and talks about what the astronauts did (e.g. They put on space suits to go outside). I think this is because the hardback version is a "first reading" book, so presume the text is a bit simpler for the child to read it themselves.
In summary, I preferred the paperback version to read to a young child as the text seems more interesting and the larger pages make the pictures look nicer. The hardback version might be better for older children who are just learning to read.