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.