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San Diego, California author and publisher Aviva Gittle joins with British poet/author Mark Megson and Brazilian illustrator Carlos Brito in one of the more successful children's books today. The writing pair make reading the stories over and over a likely habit for adults as well as children and the beautiful, classy illustrations by Carlos Brito are a joy. From Aviva Gittle Publishing, this book keeps to the same high standards we have come to expect. The books are often published in both English and Spanish and bilingual (or `Spanish immersion') formats.
Young Timmy is spellbound by the moon. Hearing it is made of cheese or of chocolate did not deter his fascination, even when his 6th grade teacher Mr. Garcia tells him it is simply `a boring old rock' but a rock that contains the greatest treasure known to man! Mr. Garcia tells Timmy that if he can discover that treasure and draw a picture of it, his reward will be a flying model rocket kit. Timmy searches the internet at home and discovers that titanium is more valuable than gold so deciding that was the moon's treasure he drew a picture for Mr. Garcia who tells Timmy the treasure is even more valuable than titanium. Puzzled, Timmy knows he cannot find the treasure on Earth but ponders how he can get to the moon. He hears his neighbor bouncing on a trampoline and an idea pops into focus - he tries to make his own trampoline to bounce to the moon, but hasn't the materials to accomplish this...until his mother shares he should use rubber bands and bungee cords to knit a bouncy blanket. It worked, and Timmy bounced to the moon where he meets astronauts who inform him there is no treasure on the moon - but look back toward the Earth revealed a beautiful jewel. Returning to Earth he drew a picture of the jewel appearing Earth and Mr. Garcia awarded him with two flying rocket kits. Never without dreams, Timmy considers flying to Mars!
As if the story were not satisfying enough, the authors have inserted questions for their readers - questions that stimulate imagination and enhance the adventure. This is a first class storybook - terrific on every level. And there are others...!!! Highly recommended. Grady Harp, July 14
Moon Jump: The Boy who Bounced to the Moon by Mark Megson and Aviva Gittle
One of the best things about this chapter book is at the end of each chapter, it asks the reader to predict what they think will happen next, or if something Timmy is about to try would work. This is a simple story for beginning readers and it helps them with their prediction skills, which are important not only for reading, but also for science.
This story is about a young boy named Timmy who loved to look at the moon and would stare up in space at it. He thought it was made of cheese when he was younger, and his brother told him it was made of white chocolate. For many years, Timmy believed the moon was made out of food. He was in sixth grade before he found out the truth, that the moon was made up of dirt and rocks. However Mr. Garcia told Timmy there was also a treasure on the moon, and if Timmy knew what it was and could draw a picture of it, he would win a model rocket. He searches the internet and shows Mr. Garcia a drawing of Titanium, however it wasn’t the answer. The only way he’ll find out, he thinks, is to go to the moon itself. Timmy tries various ways to get to the moon, but he does finally make it. He discovers the view of Earth from the moon and draws a picture, thinking it was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen. When he returned from the moon, he got two model rockets from Mr. Garcia. He also was grounded for a month for leaving the Earth without permission.
Having always been fascinated with the moon, Timmy is surprised to learn that the moon is not made of food. What's more, his teacher tells him that the rock on the moon contains the "greatest treasure known to humankind". Can Timmy discover what that is? If he does, his teacher will give him a "flying model rocket kit". Wow!
Not having much success discovering the treasure, Timmy decides he is going to have to go to the moon but how? Read this chapter book (8 chapters) aloud to your child or give it to your independent readers. No one can ever say that Timmy does not have a very ACTIVE imagination! CUTE story that will encourage your child's imagination to soar!
I downloaded this book to my Kindle. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz
This was my first children’s book in eformat and I loved it. I have a young niece and nephew (ages 3 and 7) who enjoy interactive stories and this one generated considerable discussion of possibilities. The illustrations are adorable and inspire the imagination. The story has a cadence that is easy to read aloud to children. “Moon Jump” is a terrific story that will appeal to pre-K to at least 4th grade. From the altruistic vision of a young boy named Timmy to an ingenious problem solving approach with the help of adults around him, Timmy manages to come up with an idea that just might win him a prize from his teacher. But will he succeed? Through trial and error and great questions after each chapter, as the story unfolds, we will soon find out if Timmy will succeed and solve the mystery of the moon’s treasure. If you are looking for a book (or series of books – check out their other stories) to keep children entertained on the road or great bedtime stories, then definitely pick up a copy. You won’t be disappointed and neither will your audience.
"Moon Jump: The Boy Who Bounced to the Moon" will spark a child's imagination. Timmy's teacher tells him there's a treasure on the moon so he tries everything he can find a way to get there. He even learns how to knit so he can knit rubber bands together for a trampoline that he'll use to bounce to the moon. Timmy is determined to find a way to reach the moon so he can explore it. The illustrations compliment this well written story and the questions at the end of each chapter will stimulate young minds. I highly recommend this book.
“Moon Jump, The Boy Who Bounced to the Moon” by Aviva Gittle and Mark Megson is a wonderful “first” chapter book for young readers. The chapters are short and manageable. The questions at the end of each chapter are thought provoking and encourage kids to keep reading. The illustrations created by Carlos Brito are simple, but fun and colorful. And there are so many great concepts and discussion points tucked into the pages: moon facts, creative and imaginative problem solving, persistence (can lead to fulfillment of your dreams), asking for and receiving help, recycling and repurposing, Timmy knitting with rubber bands (I thought this was a hoot!), and much more. This book just tickled me and parts made me laugh out loud. I think kids will want to read “Moon Jump” again and again. If I could give this story a gazillion fuh-dong squeak shining galactic stars, I would!
Fun, quick read for kids of all ages. Timmy is fascinated by the moon and as he tries innovative ways to try and get there, readers get to join along for the ride. I think a lot of kids are going to enjoy this story that helps stretch the imagination and have some fun.The pictures are well done and the story is written to keep readers glued to the pages.
What young child doesn't like to imagine? This book will capture a young boy's (and some young girl's) sense of adventure and exploration. Aviva invites the child to imagine along with Timmy, with questions and room to write and draw throughout the book. It's a great way to get their creativity flowing. Who knows, it might launch a future inventor! I might write a disclaimer..."Don't do this at home", with the swimming pool ideas.
What a fun book for a young reader! In my house we like the charming pictures, which, along with the question in each chapter, make for good discussion. It's just the right length for a young reader. Along with the questions as touch bases readers with a wide variety of individual interests will find this a satisfying reading experience, and the imagination it sparks stays with the reader to encourage more imagining and reading. LOVE that!
I love the way kids never stop trying to figure out a way to get what they want. This book captures that enthusiasm. Timmy is so intent on getting a model rocket kit that he uses great imagination to figure out a way. What I really like about this book is the 'book club' way to get the reader/parent and the audience/children involved in a discussion about what Timmy is doing, whether it's a good idea or not, and what the outcomes might be. Getting children engaged in books from an early age is so important. I would recommend this book to parents of pre-school and early elementary school kids.