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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Simon’s Rocket to the Moon (Simon’s Tree House Adventures), written by Stephen G. Bowling and illustrated by Vitali Dudarenka, is a beautifully illustrated children's book about a little blue bird named Simon, who dreams of what it would be like to go to the moon, and whether he could make friends there. He is also wondering what kind of ice cream they may have. So he does what any curious bird would do. He plans to build a spacecraft with his barnyard friends and take it into space before bedtime.
The author has crafted a story for young readers reminiscent of classic childhood tales that stay with you into adulthood, so this book can be enjoyed by both children and adults. The illustrations are the kind that draw you into the story and set the imagination free. Young readers will connect with Simon and his dreams of exploring, and with the friendship he shares with other animals. The phrasing is lyrical, easy, and engaging, and the style is deceptively simple. The story would stand well on its own without the artwork, but the gorgeous art takes the whole work to a higher level.
This is the kind of book adults would love to own and be eager to share with the little ones in their lives. There are several takeaways from the book, like reaching for your dreams, working together to follow a plan, and teamwork that succeeds by sharing skills and talents. Fun facts about the moon are included at the end. If you or a child you know enjoys rhyming stories that explore creativity and resourcefulness, Simon’s Rocket to the Moon by Stephen G. Bowling is the perfect choice.