Review: How to be a Space Explorer

Posted on November 24, 2014

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Space Explorer

How to be a Space Explorer: Your Out-of-this-World Adventure
Written my Mark Brake
Lonely Planet Publications
October 2014
160 pages

The design of this nonfiction space exploration book is similar to the design of a graphic novel with colorful circles and boxes containing facts and information about space travel in our universe. The illustrations combine digitally enhanced photos and cartoon graphics which make each two-page spread a collage of eye-catching and engaging images. While this may not be a nonfiction style that adults are accustomed to, kids love it because they can open up the book to any page and read about vomiting volcanos and the jigsaw moon and become immediately absorbed. This is not a book that must be read from beginning to end, though I found it most enjoyable and educational to do so. The publisher recommends this book for 8 to 12-year olds. However it has a much broader appeal and I recommend it for 6 years old and up. How to be a Space Explorer covers a lot of space in this fun and fascinating journey through our universe. A great gift for your space cadet.

Copyright (c) 2014 by Peggy Tibbetts

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