Astronomy: Out of this World!
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Astronomy: Out of this World!

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by Simon Basher
     
 

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Basher Science: Astronomy, Out of this World! created and illustrated by Simon Basher, Written by Dan Green:

Like a Facebook for the universe, Astronomy gives every important celestial body and concept its own page, where readers can learn its behaviors, likes, and dislikes up close and personal. From the flashy stars to the shadowy and strange

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Basher Science: Astronomy, Out of this World! created and illustrated by Simon Basher, Written by Dan Green:

Like a Facebook for the universe, Astronomy gives every important celestial body and concept its own page, where readers can learn its behaviors, likes, and dislikes up close and personal. From the flashy stars to the shadowy and strange objects that hang out like loners at the edges of the universe, no player goes unnoticed. Every profile has a hip anime-style portrait to round out the picture, but make no mistake: while the presentation is all style, the science is rock solid. The book includes a super cute poster of the solar system in the back. The universe has never been so cool.

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“Basher has created a portrait gallery of personified ... celestial bodies in a hyper-cute, pastel cartoon style reminiscent of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami's more extravagant flights. . . . Green's astro-narrative is both accurate and spiced with seldom-mentioned details, ... it could kindle (or in under motivated older readers, rekindle) interest in the topic. And it's fun!” —School Library Journal
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Employing the same illustrative style used in Adrian Dingle's The Periodic Table: Elements with Style! (Kingfisher, 2007), Basher has created a portrait gallery of personified planets, comets, space probes, galaxies, several kinds of stars, and an array of other celestial bodies in a hyper-cute, pastel cartoon style reminiscent of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami's more extravagant flights. Along with short bulleted lists of additional information, each figure offers a fact-based self-description, from the Sun's exuberant "I'm a total star—the center of everything, baby! A fearsome fireball burning 600 million tons of hydrogen every second" to snotty Space-time's "Because you're used to seeing in only three dimensions, you cannot even imagine what I look like." Though the closest star to the sun is misidentified as a "brown dwarf" (it is actually Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf, which is correctly categorized on a later page), Green's astro-narrative is both accurate and spiced with seldom-mentioned details, such as Pluto's three moons and Saturn's weirdly hexagonal polar cloud. This won't replace more conventionally written and illustrated surveys, but it could kindle (or in undermotivated older readers, rekindle) interest in the topic. And it's fun!—John Peters, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753462904
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Series:
Basher Science Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
NC1130L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Simon Basher is the creator and illustrator of The Periodic Table, Physics, and Biology.
Dan Green studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. Since graduating, he has written and edited many popular science titles and humorous books, become the editor of a South American national newspaper, worked as a travel writer, as well as developing and editing the wildly successful Horrible Science magazine collection. He is the "voice" of Basher's bestselling science-made-easy books, and to date has written nine titles in the series.

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Astronomy: Out of this World! 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
seaoco More than 1 year ago
"Astronomy" is the fourth in a wonderful series of educational books that explore the components of the Period Table, Physics, and Biology with concise, clear and humorous explanations. Unique and beautifully stylized illustrations bring these elements and ideas to life by turning them into characters that embody their "personality." These books have enchanted my ten year old daughter who now wishes to become a scientist. We eagerly await the next book, "Rocks and Minerals."
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My space-loving son (9 yr old) really enjoys his new astronomy book. Well-written with oodles of fun pictures and facts. Highly recommended!
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Sheila-Sam More than 1 year ago
Great learning/teaching tool. Most kids love cartoons ... this series is great because my kids love the illustrations, and love learning what the illustrations are about. Ultimately, this book serves two purposes beautifully, it entertains and instructs. One by one we are collecting the entire series.
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