George Aged 3 ½ Reviews: The Moon by Gemma McMullen – BookLife – Non-fiction Book of The Week

George Aged 3 ½ Reviews: The Moon by Gemma McMullen – BookLife – Non-fiction Book of The Week BLOG Monday 4th November 2019


“The Moon” by Gemma McMullen and published by BookLife is this week’s NON_FICTION Book Of The Week.

The moon highlights our wonderful night sky. It fascinates us all and there is a great deal to learn about it,

The Moon book in The Solar System is an excellent introduction to a very extensive and fascinating subject. George loves the photographs in the book which kept him interested and engaged for a long time.

The other three grandchildren, all at school found all 24 pages of words and photographs so interesting and informative.

But enough of my thoughts. Let’s see what George thinks,





Welcome to my world. Won’t you come on in?

George here. And it is my turn to review the Non-Fiction Book of The Week and it is a brilliantly tremendous book as usual.

The book is “The Moon” by Gemma McMullen and published by BookLife.

The book is aimed at children with a slightly higher age range than me of 5-8+ years. Those like Cousin Ewan and Cousin Rory and Sister Freya who are at school.

That don’t bother me none. For a start I am 3½ years old this week. That’s lots older than 3 years old. All my clothes are for 6 and upwards including my shirts, trousers, coats and pants.

But most of all I love the pictures and photographs in this Moon book, and I love Grandad to talk to me about them.

The moon and stars have always mesmerised me since I was a baby.  The moon gives us light at night. As the cover of the book shows and the first inside pages.

On page 4 and 5 we see a picture showing the Solar System, which is the 8 planets that orbit the sun, one being our home, the earth. The moon, in turn, orbits earth,

The picture of the solar System shows 8 different coloured balls, being the planets plus an extra one which is the moon. Although they look like balls I play with, I can’t see a football, a tennis ball or a golf ball. From this picture I can see they are all round, globelike. There is not one the shape of a rugby ball.

The book tells us that the moon is a ball of rock and is grey in colour. I wouldn’t like to have to catch that if anyone threw it at me. It is smaller than earth, a quarter of its size. I didn’t understand that, but Grandad showed me the picture on page 8 and I could see the difference in sizes.

On Page 8 of the book it says it takes 28 days for the moon to orbit the earth. That is 28 sleeps. From today there are 52 sleeps until Christmas Day so the moon will orbit the earth almost twice between now and Christmas Day.

On page 11 I learnt a very basic fact. I thought it was someone’s job to turn on the moon every night for it to shine on me. But according to Page11 “The moon does not give out its own light. It appears bright because the light of the Sun shines on it then bounces down to Earth.”

Wow, that’s amazing. Whoever invented that knew what they were doing.

Fifty years ago, in 1969 a man named Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon. He was the first man to walk on the moon. There is a fantastic photograph of him doing so on Page 18. Grandad is so old he was around when that happened, and he kept that day’s newspaper but the photograph in this book is far better than the newspaper’s front-page photograph. The newspaper like Grandad has not aged well, but the book is all new and good just like me.

The book doesn’t say if there is a McDonalds on the moon. I suspect there is because 12 people in total have walked on the moon. When they got there, they must have been desperate for food after such a long journey, so, McDonalds must have been there for them.

I would love to go to the moon. It is higher than the birds fly, higher than the clouds, even higher than aeroplanes fly.

In another book I have, Eric Carle’s “Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me” Monica asks her dad to get her the Moon. Her dad puts a step ladder up to the Moon to get to it.

Grandad says that is just a fictional story book and you can’t really do that, the book we are concentrating on “The Moon” shows the real way to get to the Moon. The space shuttles on Page 16 make it look even more exciting than just climbing a boring ladder.

On Page 22 it says, “Footprints on the moon by visiting astronauts are still there.” I told Grandad I could see them when the moon shines. But Grandad says they are not visible to the human eye. The moon is too far away. Even further than where we go on holiday. So that is a long, long way. He says it is craters on the moon that I can see and showed me a photograph of a moon landscape and crater on Page 9 of the book.

Before I learned that the moon was made of rock, I thought it was made of Playdoh. How else could someone mould it into the different shapes we see it as: quarter moon, half moon, full moon. On Page 20 it tells us the moon does not change shape but looks different due to how the sun lights it up. My brain hurts with this one. Grandad says the book explains it really well. It’s just complicated for me to understand. He says when I’m 5 and read the book I will understand that bit.

There is no mention of the Man in the Moon, the Cow Jumping Over the Moon or the Moon being made of cheese. Grandad says that is because this book is so good it sticks to telling you the true things and showing you the strict facts about the moon. Those I mentioned are all fictional things – made up stories.

I’ve been blogging so long now the moon is out. So, I’m off to take a look and taking my brilliant new moon book with me.

Bye Bye, George



The Moon (Solar System) by Gemma McMullen

Hardcover: 24 pages

Age Range: 5 – 7 years

Publisher: BookLife Publishing

This series explores the four key elements of our Solar System: The Sun, The Moon, The Planets and The Stars. With each title including fascinating facts and photographic images, young readers will enjoy what lies in the darkness beyond.


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