Space kids An introduction for young explorers

Steve Parker, 1952-

Book - 2018

Space is all around us, but how much do we know? Where do we even begin? Space Kids is the building block upon which children can learn about our universe. Covering topics such as stars, planets, moons and rockets as well as the basics of gravity and how astronauts eat and sleep in space, Space Kids moves through complex ideas with an accessibly fresh and original style.

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Picture books
Berlin : Little Gestalten 2018.
Main Author
Steve Parker, 1952- (author)
Other Authors
Andrea De Santis (illustrator)
Physical Description
37 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes glossary.
  • Space
  • Stars
  • Constellations
  • Galaxies
  • The Sun
  • The solar system
  • Asteroids and comets
  • Rockets
  • International Space Station
  • Astronauts
  • The moon
  • Moon landing
  • Space junk
  • Alien life
  • Planet Earth
  • You.
Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-This book is charmingly presented with retro paintings similar to 1950s palette and woodcut styling. The oversize picture book format offers inventive layouts and minimal text, while the text covers sophisticated concepts with current information. There is a glossary, but words are also explained in context. The strong illustrations contribute to a deeper understanding of challenging ideas, although the limited explanations mean much is left unsaid. The graphic design sensibility generally keeps pages simple and accessible, although the more complicated pages can be confusing, such as the segment discussing possible life forms from beyond Earth. The style of the book will appeal to fans of Greg Pizzoli's Tricky Vic. The use of illustrations rather than photos gives the book a younger feel, despite content that skews a bit older. VERDICT School libraries will appreciate this on their browsing shelves for wannabe scientists and astronauts.-Dorcas Hand, formerly at Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

A first, sweeping look at the visible universe and some of what's in it.That "some" ranges from galaxies, nebulas, and constellations to space junk. Each element is given a narrative voice (as in: "I am your Solar System, a huge family in space") to supply introductions and brief descriptions of select parts or features. "Space" has the final word, but instead of directing readers' attention outward as the rest do, it delivers only a vague and rather deflating platitude: "And you, my young scientist, are very special." Despite featuring a cast of child astronauts and scientists that includes several with Asian features or dark skin as well as white characters, flattened perspectives and stylized renditions of, for instance, a young dreamer in a fishbowl helmet and the asteroid belt as an unrealistically dense band of gravel give the illustrations a mildly antique, mid-last-century look. Though the International Space Station and the Ariane 5 launch vehicle take narrative turns of their own, overall the focus is less on technology, the future of space exploration, or even measures of specific detail (Mars "has mountains, valleys, and windblown red dust") than on fostering a general appreciation for the cosmos as "a wondrous place of spinning galaxies, exploding stars, and planets teeming with the unknown."The theme's worthy, but the informational payload is disappointingly light. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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