Title: Super Cool Space Facts
Author: Bruce Betts PhD
Illustrator: Steve Mack
Publisher: Rockridge Press
“In this book you’ll find a basic description of each thing we talk about, some awesome pictures, and tons of super cool space facts. And jokes–lots of jokes,” Bruce Betts writes in the introduction to his children’s book, Super Cool Space Facts: A Fun, Fact-Filled Space Book for Kids.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-twenty-four-page paperback states it targets children four to eight years old who want to learn about space. With no scary scenes but colorful illustrations and photographs within circles, there are facts about planets, stars, constellations, black holes, jokes, and more.
After an introduction, there are five chapters that cover the universe, stars and constellations, the solar system, comets, meteors, and other sky shows, and rockets, satellites, astronauts, and more. The ending includes a glossary, resources, index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.
Containing limited paragraphs about the related topics in one to two pages each, the chapters are filled with circles that are either colored with white writing or photographs with boxed explanations, diagrams, big word alerts, and jokes.
~ Why ~
Most kids love space, and this is an engaging source for children to learn more about it. I appreciate the many interesting facts written in the different-sized circles and the explanations.
One of my favorites was Stars that discuss how they are giant balls of hot glowing gas. The two photos are of hundreds of stars that make up the Quintuplet star cluster and the colorful Hyades star cluster. The two-colored circles mention different sizes of stars and how some solar systems have more stars orbiting them. The big word alert is plasma, an electrical charge-filled gas, and the joke is What did the cool star say to the hot star? Hey, why are you so blue?
~ Why Not ~
Those who have no interest in space may not like this book or want to take the time to learn about our universe. Those who are creationists like me will cringe about the promotion the earth is 13.8 billion years old. Some may think the content is rudimentary or that the jokes are corny.
~ Wish ~
Online it states the book is for preschool to third grade, but its contents may be better geared and understood by ages 8 to 12 years old. I wish somehow God would be given credit for creating the amazing universe where we live.
~ Want ~
If you know a child who is into space and wants to learn more about it, this is an entertaining yet educational book.
Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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