Astronomy Mark Haddon The Sea of Tranquillity

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The Sea of Tranquillity

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He borrowed library books and read about astronauts walking in space, orbiting the earth, and flying around the moon. Every night the little boy hoped and hoped that one day astronauts would land on the moon. And then, one cloudless night, they did. . . . “Haddon captures the profound thrill of being witness to the moon landing better than any other picture book.”--School Library Journal

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Christian Birmingham graduated from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1991. He won his first contract almost immediately on leaving college. He was soon commissioned for a book that has now sold in excess of 1.5 million copies - The Night Before Christmas. The immediacy of chalk and pencil suits his style and offers wonderful luminosity to his works. Books illustrated include: A Christmas Carol, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Little Farmer Joe, Oliver Twist, Sleeping Beauty, The Night Before Christmas, Wenceslas and The Snow Queen. Christian had a successful exhibition of the Snow Queen at the Air Gallery, London in December 2007. It is planned that his next book will be exhibited in December 2009.

Mark Haddon (born on September 26, 1962 in Northampton) is a British novelist and poet, best known for his 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. He was educated at Uppingham School and Merton College, Oxford, where he studied English. In 2003, Haddon won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and in 2004, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Overall Best First Book for his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, a book which is written from the perspective of a boy with Aspergers syndrome. Haddon's knowledge of Aspergers syndrome, a type of autism, comes from his work with autistic people as a young man. In an interview at Powells.com, this was the first book that Haddon wrote intentionally for an adult audience; he was surprised when his publisher suggested marketing it to both adult and child audiences. Haddon is a vegetarian, and enjoys vegetarian cookery.[citation needed] He describes himself as a 'hard-line atheist'. In an interview with The Observer, Haddon said "I am atheist in a very religious mould". His atheism might be inferred from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time in which the main character declares that those who believe in God are stupid. Mark Haddon lives in Oxford with his wife Dr. Sos Eltis, a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, and their two young sons.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 1-3?A man looks back to his childhood, when he spent hours creating space scrapbooks and gazing at the moon through his father's binoculars, hoping that one day people would land there. He remembers staying up til 3 a.m. the glorious night they did, to watch on TV as Armstrong and Aldrin walked in the Sea of Tranquility's dust. Like Peter Catalanotto, Birmingham paints in a realistic style and often from an intimately close point of view, softening edges and giving the light a bluish cast that mutes the colors appealingly; scenes of a fresh-faced lad in a red-striped shirt alternate with wordless full-spread views of the two spacesuited astronauts in a wide gray landscape?joined (as the child drops off to sleep) by a smaller figure. Though Mary Ann Fraser builds a sturdier foundation of facts in One Giant Leap (Holt, 1993), Haddon captures the profound thrill of being witness to the moon landing better than any other picture book; and his concluding reminder that the astronauts' footprints "will still be there tonight, tomorrow night, and every night for millions of years to come" may kindle a response in young readers who think it's all only misty, musty history.?John Peters, New York Public Library
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