The Book of Bok: One Moon Rock's Journey Through Time and Space; Neil Armstrong, illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith
When Neil Armstrong was presented with a piece of rock that he had brought back from the Moon he decided to name it Bok. Born billions of years ago, Bok had witnessed a lot from its vantage point in outer space. And then one morning it found itself being picked up, put into a dark box and being taken to the place that it had spent billions of years observing…
Written by real-life astronaut Neil Armstrong and superbly illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith, The Book of Bok tells the story of the how the Earth and Moon came to be through the eyes of a very observant piece of moon rock who would eventually be named Bok.
Incredibly engaging and packed full of information, the non-fiction narrative tells an epic journey over billions of years as Bok witnesses the formation of Earth as fiery volcanoes give way to fierce oceans and the the early formations of land appear. Stories of dinosaurs, the Ice Age, mammals and homo-sapiens are all shared through the eyes of Bok before it finds itself rudely awoken from a rather long nap and being popped into a box and making its way to Earth.
The Book of Bok is a brilliantly imaginative and a unique way for exploring the changes upon the Earth and in space through the eyes of a very well-travelled rock. Back matter includes information on the Moon, the Earth and a brilliant piece on Neil Armstrong with photographs of the Apollo 11 mission. Any space fan that has the opportunity to read this book will be over the moon!
If you want to see Bok for yourself then you can find it at the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Museum of Natural History in the USA.
Recommended for 7+.