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Man on the Moon
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2007
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2014
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. Bob commutes to the moon every day, it only takes him 15 minutes! The two follow up books to this one are wonderful too.
My 5 year old loved these books, especially exploring the illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My son loves proving Bob wrong and pointing out all the aliens that moon-worker Bob fails to spot. Heaps of bedtime fun.

We spend a day with Bob, the man on the moon who keeps it clean and entertains/educates moo visitors.

I've had this out of the library three times in the last year. We enjoy it so much, for my son it's a great 'he's behind you' story. For me it's a piece of art for the wall with a winning picture book story attached. I adore Bartram's drawings. They really are like modern art, beautiful to look at.

I love reading this at bedtime, hope you like it too.
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on 18 November 2013
We have a 15, 13 and 2 year old. I didnt purchase this book for the 2 year old so i cant tell you how long it has sat on my shelf for untouched. I was looking for something different a few weeks ago and fished out this book. I wanted a change from stick man and the gruffalo, this has now become mummies favourite. Absolutely love it, florence at 2 years and 3 months loves it too. The pictures are amazing and florence says "hi Bob " everytime we open the first page.

Its just one of those books that you dont mind reading, i didnt realise know about the other Bob books till i logged on to review this one but they are now in my cart and ready to go.

Well worth buying for any age. Bob would already know.......... This house loves his books............ And as for aliens......... What aliens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2014
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 7)
i luvud bobs lunch (Elicia, Age 7)
meetin bob frends (James, Age 8)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2012
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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on 9 April 2014
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 to keep everything clean and tidy. I felt it both related to ordinary life (here on Earth) and yet provided some imaginative ideas about a place so far away and only seen (generally) at night. The small-size aliens were fine and we could count them or just notice them around on different pages. But the double page spread in the centre is a BIT MUCH for 3 year olds and because of this, The Man on the Moon cannot be in the bedroom at night-time. This is, of course, what makes it a good fairy-tale!
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