Simon’s Rocket to the Moon

Children - Grade K-3rd
32 Pages
Reviewed on 10/06/2022
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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.

Miche Arendse

Great adventures ensue in Simon’s Rocket to the Moon by Stephen G. Bowling. Simon can’t help but wonder what it is they do on the moon so he plans to build a rocket ship. He tells all his friends to come along for the ride and soon everyone is ready to jet off into the sky. They gather all the things they need and, with the help of the wise old Owl, they begin to build the rocket. Will these furry and feathered friends be able to fly to the moon and discover all its wonders? Will they be able to discover what they eat on the moon?

Simon’s Rocket to the Moon by Stephen G. Bowling is a fun story about a bird who wants to visit the moon. This tale not only shows the inquiring minds of children but also demonstrates how their curiosity can lead to big dreams. I found this story to be endearing and I think it will be a hit with young children. The rhyming, along with the beautiful color illustrations, will appeal to young readers. Another thing I liked was the page of fun facts about the moon and outer space at the end of the story. This adds an educational aspect to the book which I think many parents will appreciate. This book was well written with a clear concept and message along with charming illustrations by Vitali Dudarenka.

Philip Van Heusen

When you were a child, did you ever lie in the grass at night, looking up at the moon and wondering what it would be like to visit? If so, reading Simon’s Rocket to the Moon by Stephen G. Bowling with your children will bring back many wonderful memories. Simon sees the moon through his bedroom window and the adventure begins in his head. The next morning, he shares his desire to build a rocket with his friends to take them to the moon. They spend the day together designing and building a rocket ship. Gathering all types of material was fun but time-consuming. So, join the gang as they work together on the greatest project in their mind. The major takeaway from this little book is for children to have fun with their friends and believe anything is possible.

Imagination is the most essential building block for discovering new and amazing things. President John F. Kennedy sparked imaginations when he challenged the American people to develop a method to fly to the moon. This led to the space program. This project is still capturing the imagination of millions today. Parents need to keep the spark of imagination alive in their children. Reading Stephen G. Bowling's Simon's Rocket to the Moon with your child and then discussing their imaginary inventions will go a long way in keeping the mind working on discoveries. The question is not “Did the rocket make it to the moon?” but it should be “Did y’all have fun?” Success should not be measured by the project’s outcome but by the enjoyment and lessons learned while working on the project. Simon had great success with his moon rocket project.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

In Simon’s Rocket to the Moon by Stephen G. Bowling, Simon wonders what it would be like on the moon as he wants to know who lives there and what they eat and what they do. He has so many questions and wants to find the answers, so he devises a plan to build a spaceship to fly to the moon. His friends are equally inspired and they work hard all day building their spaceship, using all kinds of discarded and recycled items. It’s a grand spaceship, but the night is creeping in and it’s time for the friends to go home for supper and then to bed to dream about another day, another adventure, and, perhaps, a trip to the moon to find their answers.

Stephen G. Bowling’s picture book Simon’s Rocket to the Moon is the third book in the Simon’s Tree House Adventures children’s series. It’s a fun read, full of adventure and imagination. Told in rhyming verse, the plot follows young Simon as he dreams big and captures the imaginations of his friends. They all work together, showing camaraderie and a good work ethic, which is inspirational to young readers, encouraging them to work well with others. The language is simple and the questions Simon ponders are typical of a creative young mind, like “Do they eat ice cream, drink milkshakes, and when they have birthday parties do they serve special cakes?” I loved the illustrations which are just as amusing and imaginative as the story itself. At the end of the book is an interesting fun fact page about the moon: “Simon’s Fun Facts about the Moon.” A fun-filled, imaginatively educational read.

Peggy Jo Wipf

Simon's Rocket to the Moon by Stephen G. Bowling is about Simon's idea to visit the moon with his friends. As a bluebird, Simon realizes he can't make it to the moon on his own. So he asks his friends, Lilly the goldfinch, Clarence the dragonfly, and Herbert the salamander, to help him. They collect many useful items around the farmyard. After their hard work putting the rocket ship together, the young friends go home for supper. Their dreams are filled with the adventures they will take, the friends they will make on the moon, and the new foods they will eat. Even if they never make it to outer space, they learned many valuable lessons. Working with friends was a reward in itself.

I found Simon's Rocket to the Moon a creative and informative book for children. Stephen G. Bowling has woven many teachable details into this poetic book. I loved how Simon and his friends worked together. Each one had a strength that contributed to building the rocket. Creativity and imagination are endless as it opens up areas you can discuss with your child. The characters are charming and colorful. This book would be fun to read multiple times without getting boring. The illustrations by Vitali Dudarenka are beautiful, with endless images hidden within each picture. Overall, Simon's Rocket to the Moon would make a treasured gift for any child, and parents can trust that their child is learning science, teamwork, and safety procedures as these friends make their dreams come true.