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Review: My Tourist Guide to the Solar System … and Beyond

Tonight’s book review is about My Tourist Guide to the Solar System … and Beyond, published by Doring Kindersley

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What it’s about: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a trip to outer space? Here’s your chance! Jump on board your special spacecraft and take a tour through the Solar System, learning amazing facts and figures about planets, moons, the sun and other features as you go.

Holly’s review: In this book you imagine you are about to blast off into space for a holiday. This book is set in diagrams. It is non-fiction but also sounds a bit like a fiction book. It is also a fun way to learn about the solar system.

This book carries on like it is a tourist guide to a different country. You also learn facts about the outer space world. This book is laid out in definitely a more scientific way with diagrams and captions. This is a fascinating book and doesn’t to me have a downside. You learn about over 100 things after just reading one minute of it. The good thing is you learn in a fun way and you don’t get bored while reading.

Sam’s review: This book’s unique approach in presenting facts about outer space in a tourist guide style is fun and fascinating. I became quite absorbed in it while trying to compare the different wind speeds, gravity levels and temperatures between different planets. Did you know, for example, that the journey time to the Black Hole would be 94 million Earth years? And life on one of Jupiter’s moons – Io – sounds horrific. It is: ‘the most tortured moon in the Solar System’ thanks to Jupiter’s gravitational pull and has over 400 ‘violently’ active volcanoes.

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Books like this bring out the geek in me. I love facts presented as snippets of information that are easy to remember. The pictures and illustrations are lovely too, making you feel like you really are on a tour (though I must admit, it’s not one I would like to take!). Holly was definitely impressed with it as she talked constantly about the possible effects of gravity on the body and became quite animated as she related it to her studies.

Please note that we received this book for review purposes but were not influenced in any way by this.

 

 

 

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Author:

Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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