Torben Kuhlmann, author and illustrator, has added to his catalog of imaginative and delightful children’s books with his newest: “Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon.”
Most mice, of course, believe that the moon is made of cheese. But not the hero of our story. This stargazing mouse through research and observations believes that the moon is made of stone. He sets out, therefore, to prove to his fellow mice and the world that his theory is right.
After receiving a mysterious letter from someone at the Smithsonian, our mouse travels by train to Washington. There he meets an old gray mouse, who lives in a room at the museum. He encourages his young friend to continue his quest. He tells him of a time when nothing was impossible for mice. They traveled the world and learned to fly.
Inspired by his friend, the young mouse returns to New York and through trial and error, builds a rocket that takes him to the moon. He escapes just before the humans find his launching pad forcing him to leave behind some of his mouse-sized rocket plans.
Our mouse makes it to the moon and back with proof that the moon is indeed made of stone not cheese. His mission is a success and the story of his adventure is spread all over the country.
Humans, on the other hand, were still trying to solve the puzzle of space travel to the moon. Using the drawings left behind by the mouse, they solved the problems facing them. The same capsule and space suit designs used by the mouse are copied by the humans.
And so on July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon. What he found there was known only to a very few: a small flag with a flying mouse on it left by the first mouse on the moon, who was named Armstrong by those who knew of his exploits.
Armstrong’s delightful story is enhanced by Kuhlmann’s beautiful drawings. Each page is filled with detailed illustrations. The author even includes a “Short History of Space Travel,” which is an additional resource to students of space travel. Readers of all ages will enjoy this fanciful story and pore over the colorful, meticulous illustrations.