50 Things You Should Know About Space by Raman Prinja

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50 Things You Should Know About Space by Raman Prinja

Category: Children's Non-Fiction
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Sam Tyler
Reviewed by Sam Tyler
Summary: Want to know a lot about Space in a relatively small amount of pages? Look no further as this book contains more facts about Space than you wave a Mir Space Station at.
Buy? Maybe Borrow? Maybe
Pages: 80 Date: June 2016
Publisher: QED Publishing
ISBN: 9781784934729

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Space is a cold and desolate place, but learning about it does not need to be. Nothing else quite captures the immensity that is space – all the stars and planets out there that could contain alien life. How can you capture this majesty and put it onto a page so that you inspire the youth of today to be the astronauts and astronomers of tomorrow? A series of dry fact is perhaps not the best option, unless they happen to be a very specific type of child.

In many ways 50 Things You Should Know About Space feels like very old fashioned non-fiction book and that is both a good and a bad thing. Some recent fact books come across as being Factz 4 Kidz and are more interested in entertaining that educating. The type of book that has two infograms on a page and both of them are about something gross. Space is not one of these types of books, it sets out to tell some impressive details about space to the type of child who is serious about it.

The book itself comes in a nice format, a slightly oversized book in full colour and packed with imagery. The sections are split up to tell you 50 things about Space, but there are far more than that to read. Each double spread will go into detail about an element of space, be it one of the planets or something like a Nebula. Even though the book is written for a child, this is not an entry level book. It is best read by a 7-10 year old who has already shown an interest in the subject as they may find it a little overwhelming otherwise.

For the type of child who likes their fiction book to remain focussed and bombard them with information, Space will be a wonderful tome, but for the slightly less interested it lacks a little. There needed to be a little more balance between fun and facts so that it could appeal to those not already converted to the wonders of space. If you do know an eager child who wants to learn as much as they can about the Cosmos, but has yet to read very in-depth text, then this book is a good option.

There are other space based fact books out there, somewhere…. Space in 30 Seconds by Clive Gifford and Dr Mike Goldsmith or The Comic Strip History of Space by Sally Kindberg and Tracey Turner are two examples.

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