About the Author
Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many picture-book biographies. His books have been given a Sibert Medal and an Orbis Pictus Award, among other awards and notice. He lives in Merrick, New York.
"Keeping the tone light and offering nods as he goes to historical figures . . . he focuses on technological advances that made space travel possible and on the awesome, sustained effort that brought President John F. Kennedy's "Big Idea" to fruition . . . A frank, often funny appreciation of our space program's high-water mark.”
— Kirkus Reviews
"Brown addresses information that’s sometimes omitted from children’s texts: only men were considered for the early astronaut programs, people and animals died in rocket tests and space flights, and Wernher von Braun forced concentration camp prisoners to build rockets for the Nazis before he surrendered to the Americans . . . A must for youth graphic collections."
— School Library Journal
"Brown uses his characteristic watercolors and mix of explanation and primary source quotes to balance art and science . . . The illustrations keep pace with the story and maintain the reader’s interest throughout."
— School Library Connection
"A broad yet eye-opening tribute to the astronauts' achievements . . . The Big Ideas That Changed the World series is off to a promising start with this illuminating, cogent volume."
"Engaging . . . [Brown] peppers the oft-told tale with details that don’t always make it to the textbooks."
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Brown’s visual storytelling offers humor, vibrancy, and a wealth of historical insight."
— Publishers Weekly