Tag: Peter McMahon

The Space Adventurer’s Guide

The Space Adventurer’s Guide: Your Passport to the Coolest Things to See and Do in the Universe

Author: Peter McMahon
Illustrator: Josh Holinaty
To Be Published: May 1, 2018
104 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: April 18, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

It’s not just astronauts who get to travel into space anymore. Forward-thinking entrepreneurs have now made space flight a reality for adventure-seekers of all kinds. And just in time, here’s a travel guide for kids to plan their own out-of-this-world journeys. Eight potential space vacations are described, one per chapter, complete with information about pre-trip preparations (like training to withstand extreme g-forces), accommodations and dining (hot dogs in zero gravity, anyone?), awesome activities (how about a real moon walk?) and so much more.

The trips range from orbiting Earth (available now), to voyaging through Saturn’s rings, which may be possible within the next few decades. Featuring the coolest things to see and do in the universe, these space vacations are not to be missed!

Award-winning science journalist Peter McMahon has come up with an intriguing concept sure to pique a young reader’s interest in all things outer space. Based on the latest science and featuring first-person accounts from experts in the field, this book is chock-full of opportunities for science and technology lessons. With kid-sized bursts of text (including loads of amazing, and sometimes icky, facts), fascinating photographs of everyday life on actual space flights, as well as fun-filled illustrations from Josh Holinaty, this hugely appealing book is also one that children will gladly pick up on their own — and devour. A glossary and index are included.

Jessica’s Review:

If you have a child interested in space, then get them this book!  This book has plenty for them to learn about and as an adult you will learn too!  There are real pictures of astronauts in space as well as drawings.  Between these and the fun facts given(which can be TMI that the kids will find hilarious and make the adults cringe)  throughout, this will  keep kids interested in the subject of Space!

The Guide talks about space travel now and in the future. It does mention the high cost of space travel.  It is crazy to think that what is mentioned here for the future will happen at some point:  From staying on the Moon to cruising in space and even on a comet!  In the far off future we will even be able to travel to Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn!  All of the different kinds of trips are mentioned with how long they will take to get there (and how for the long term trips) and how far away these places are.  Guide mentions the training one must go through as well. These trips are not something you just decide to do! Also mentioned in these trip are ‘things to do” which keeps the kids learning as they read.

This children’s book helps you to realize how advanced we are and will become in the future. And one day just maybe space travel will be as common as getting in your car for a drive!

Special thanks to Kids Can Press for an e-arc via NetGalley!

Pre-order Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK