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

(Author) (Illustrator)

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$17.99  $16.73
Orchard Books
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12.2 X 9.2 X 0.5 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Sean Rubin was born in Brooklyn, New York. An only child, he entertained himself by collecting interesting things, learning about unusual subjects, and by drawing characters from books. Sean graduated from Princeton University, where he met his wife, Lucy. They have two sons and live in Charlottesville, Virginia. Sean's masterful debut, Bolivar, received three starred reviews and was nominated for a 2018 Eisner Award. Dean Robbins is a journalist and the author of the children's picture books Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing, and Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women's Right to Vote. His award-winning books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and have been praised in the New York Times and USA Today. Dean grew up idolizing Apollo astronauts and loved working with Alan Bean on The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon. Learn more at


* "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

* "Along with scenes from Bean's youth and short but electrifying time on the moon, [Rubin] incorporates versions of some of Bean's space paintings into glimpses of the artist's studio and a gallery exhibition (where some younger viewers are people of color)... Inspiring fare for readers who, as the author puts it, dream of becoming 'brave astronauts, ' 'great artists, ' or both." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Robbins provides an intriguing look into how some math- and science-based experiences can best be communicated with art." -- Publishers Weekly