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Going to the Moon by Lavie Tidhar with art by Paul McCaffrey is a very strange beast, but a useful one, destined to cause consternation in the secondhand bookshops of the future. It's a high quality picture book, with gorgeous artwork – about Jimmy, a boy with Tourette's Syndrome. So this is what looks like a children's book, with a lot of swearwords in it. But it's not gimmicky, a novelty for adults. This would be genuinely helpful, with its warm, supportive story, for any child with Tourette's, who would, I'm sure, appreciate the way the power of those four letter words gradually drains away through the pages, the importance of Jimmy's ambition to go into space, and the love of his parents, gradually overcoming his condition. In our current world, I have no idea how this book could get to that very specific audience, but I hope it does. And in the meantime adults will enjoy the craft on display here. Lavie seems to be making a sideline out of books (Osama, Jesus and the Eightfold Path), that might shock at first sight, but whose aim, and I think this is a worthy quality these days, is to not shock, to say this should not shock you. Going to the Moon will be out in February 2012.