The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean

by Dean Robbins and illustrated by Sean Rubin.

Journey to the moon on the Apollo 12 mission with astronaut and artist Alan Bean!

In 1969, Alan became the fourth man and first artist on the moon. He took dozens of pictures, but none compared to what he saw through his artistic eyes. When he returned to Earth, he began to paint what he saw. Alan's paintings allowed humanity to experience what it truly felt like to walk on the moon. Journalist and storyteller Dean Robbins's tale of this extraordinary astronaut is masterful, and artist Sean Rubin's illustrations are whimsical and unexpected. With back matter that includes photos of the NASA mission, images of Alan's paintings, and a timeline of lunar space travel, this is one adventure readers won't want to miss!

★ Inspiring fare for readers who, as the author puts it, dream of becoming “brave astronauts,” “great artists,” or both. - Kirkus (Starred Review)

★ Rubin’s accompanying illustrations are fantastic, created by graphite on board with frequent and skillful use of crosshatching, and digitally colored on wide pages. He takes some artistic license (especially with the somewhat fantastical cover), and explains that he was trying to convey feelings and impressions more than exact depictions, just as his subject did in his own paintings. … As the story of “the only artist ever to see the Moon up close,” this is a standout among titles that blend art and science, and it reflects the best aims of STEAM. -Booklist (Starred Review)