Title: How to Fake a Moon Landing
Author: Darryl Cunningham
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
In this non-fiction graphic novel, science writer and cartoonist Darryl Cunningham explores seven hot topic controversies: The Moon Hoax, Homeopathy, Chiropractic, The MMR Vaccination Scandal, Evolution, Fracking, and Climate Change. The author uses comics, photographs, diagrams, and text to evaluate the science behind each topic. Every chapter gives a succinct overview of the history and science behind its subject. The information provided acts as a great starting point for research into these topics for both middle and high schoolers. The final section, entitled “Science Denial,” explores the outcome of ignoring what science tells us and also explains what the scientific method is and how it works. This particular graphic novel does rely heavily on the text, but images in “The Moon Hoax” and “Fracking” will be especially helpful in showing readers what the author is talking about!
The author of the book has put together a great teacher’s guide with helpful tips on how this graphic novel can be used in the classroom as well as how it can be applied to fill common core standards. The PDF can be found here.
This graphic novel is a great book to encourage critical thinking in science, history, and English classes!