I Am Neil Armstrong – Review & Blog Tour

Synopsis from Penguin Young Readers:

Neil Armstrong’s journey to the moon is the focus of the fifteenth picture book in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies about heroes.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great–the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero’s childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume tells the story of Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.

About: I am Neil Armstrong is a children’s non-fiction picture book written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. It will be published on 9/25/2018 by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, hardcover, 40 pages. The genres are juvenile non-fiction, biography, and picture books. This book is intended for readers ages 5 to 8 and grades K to 3. According to Penguin’s website, “Dial publishes books for two through teen that aim to entertain, enrich, and encourage our readers. We care deeply about diversity and about artistic excellence. Established in 1961, Dial Books for Young Readers was an early pioneer of titles for the very young, including the first quality board books.” Please see below for more information about the author, illustrator, and publisher.

My Experience: I wanted to read I Am Neil Armstrong for my son on 9/6/2018 as a bedtime story but he decided to read it for me. I read it again for myself on 9/7/2018. This book is fantastic! My son is happy to learn that Neil was in the Navy and the Korean War. My son likes learning that Neil is patient and likes to fly. I like the reading goal Neil has for his first grade because it will challenge my son to read more too. I love Neil’s climbing tree strategy and that he shares the secrets to success. The narrative has a voice of a determine and a go-getter kid and I like how history is made simpler and entertaining to read.

In this book, readers will follow the life of Neil Armstrong, from when he was little until the day he walks on the moon. The author introduces a hard worker Neil, having worked many small jobs when he was younger to buy toy airplanes and to saving up enough money for flying lessons. Then Neil joined the Navy and went on many flying missions during the Korean War before entering college to study Engineer. Readers will also learn the series of tests Neil took to become an Astronaut. There are steps taken for the space mission that readers will find it interesting to read as well as the timeline at the end of the book about Neil and the mission to the moon.

I Am Neil Armstrong is an excellent biography of history written for kids because it’s so easy to read and understand. It captures my son and I’s interest 100%. I like the definition to big words, such as Engineer so young readers could understand. My son likes how interactive this book is with the comic style bubbles. I’m glad a president is mentioned in this book because it helps to know another important figure is part of an important history success. My son likes the song Neil sing to mark time. Outer space trip is amazing and per president John F. Kennedy Jr.’s comment whether I can imagine because I still can’t. Back in 1969 when technology was not as comparable to today’s technology, people were able to walk on the moon. I thought today we should have more trips to the moon, but why is it not? 🙂 I love the words of encouragement near the end of the story. This book is an amazing read for kids and adults and I highly recommend everyone to read it.

Pro: fast paced, page turner, interactive, space mission, timeline, vocabulary, president,  secrets to success, humor, astronaut, illustrations

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

Buy it here for free shipping: Book Depository or Penguin’s website

Follow I Am a Traveler Blog Tour Here:

WEEK ONE: I am Jane Goodall
August 27 – Gravity Bread – Review
August 28 – InRandom – Fun Facts about Jane
August 29 – Storymamas – Review
August 30 – Mundie Moms – Fun Facts about Jane

WEEK TWO: I am Sacagawea
September 3 – Four Violet Reviews – Creative Learning Activity
September 4 – Pirates and Pixie Dust – Creative Instagram Picture
September 5 – Mommas Bacon – Fun Facts about Sacagawea

WEEK THREE: I am Neil Armstrong
September 10 – Crafty Moms Share – Fun Facts about Neil Armstrong
September 11 – Books and Giggles – Learning Activity
September 12 – How Useful It Is – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
September 13 – Coquette Maman – Fun Facts about Neil and Space

About the Author:

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My Son, Heroes for My Daughter, and a number of suspense novels like The House of Secrets. He is also the host of the History Channel television shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children. (Photo & Info provided by Penguin).

Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career at Marvel Comics, and has worked on thousands of comics, including Cosmic Commandos (Summer 2017), Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius, Pet Avengers, and Cow Boy, all of which he wrote and illustrated. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons. (Photo & Info provided by Penguin, Book images obtained from Edelweiss).

Here are other books in Ordinary People Change the World series: Follow the links to read my reviews for I Am Gandhi and I Am Harriet Tubman.

More information about Dial Books for Young Readers

Website: http://www.penguin.com/publishers/dialbooksforyoungreaders | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dialbfyr

***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Brad Meltzer and publisher Penguin Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review. I appreciate the invitation to host a blog tour for this book! Please be assured that my opinions are honest.


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