Miscellaneous

The Berenstain Bears on the Moon by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears on the MoonThe Berenstain Bears on the Moon by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

I’m not quite sure what the Berenstains were thinking with this one. It’s a cute little story about children pretending to go to the moon… right up until you realize that there isn’t a thing to imply that these two children didn’t honestly build (buy?) a spaceship and take their dog to the moon.

Am I the only one vaguely annoyed by this? The Berenstain Bears are ridiculously wishy-washy when it comes to their genre. Are they anthropomorphic fiction, or are they straight SF/F? It’s normally the former, but today it’s the latter for some unexplained reason… and I’m sure that must be confusing to children of the target age group.

If your child wants to read something about going to the moon, give this a pass in favor of a book about real astronauts. And if your kid’s set on reading this, be sure to at least try to explain the reality of space travel and how to become an astronaut.

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