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The Sea of Tranquility

Narrated by: Anthony Head
Length: 9 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Leading up to the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, the excitement of this momentous event is captured through the eyes of a child in this glorious picture book, reformatted with a new cover design. Mark Haddon is the prize-winning, highly-acclaimed author of the best-selling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

Years ago there was a little boy who dreamed of rocketing to the moon, of landing on the crumbly rock and walking across the Sea of Tranquility. He borrowed library books and read how astronauts had orbited the earth and walked in space. And every night he hoped that they would find a way to land on the moon and walk where he had dreamed of walking. And eventually, one cloudless night, they did....

©1997 Mark Haddon (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A touching recollection, evocatively illustrated, of a child's-eye view of the moon and the excitement and wonder he felt when the first moon landing took place." (Guardian)

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  • Trialia
  • 14-02-2015

Excellent performance, but is it really fiction?

Tony Head reads this marvellously, as he does most things, but I'm not hugely impressed by the actual content. A lot of little boys are fascinated with space travel and our moon. Some of them were even around when the moon landing happened, yes, and most of them grow up. That's basically all this little thing is, and the most interesting thing about it (beyond the narrator) is the background music (which is sadly not credited at the end).

Not bad, but it doesn't have much re-read value.

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  • mrs
  • 29-11-2013

Very disappointed!

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I bought this book thinking it would be good for my 9 year old Grandson to listen to. I expected some sort of storyline. There was no content to engage his interest.

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