How Do You Burp in Space?: And Other Tips Every Space Tourist Needs to Know

How Do You Burp in Space?: And Other Tips Every Space Tourist Needs to Know

by Susan E. Goodman, Michael Slack
     
 

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Space tourists suit up! This playful non-fiction guide to space travel will prep you for your next intergalactic vacation.

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Space tourists suit up! This playful non-fiction guide to space travel will prep you for your next intergalactic vacation.

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Kirkus Reviews
With space tourism close to becoming a reality, Goodman and Slack offer aspiring young intergalactic travelers an entertaining and informative travel guide. The slim handbook gives readers who will be the first generation of true space tourists general advice about how to prepare for the trip, what to pack, what food and accommodations will be like, and recreational opportunities both in Earth's orbit and on the moon. She also highlights some hazards, such as drinking carbonated drinks: Burping in microgravity brings up more than just CO2. The details included are both revelatory and delivered in a way that maximizes engagement: Space tourists are advised to make sure words on the walls are right side up when orienting themselves in zero gravity. The breezy narrative also incorporates amusing and inspirational comments from astronauts and space scientists. In addition to an abundant collection of space and astronaut photographs are goofy cartoon images complementing Goodman's light tone. An unfortunate oversight in the suggestions for further reading is the omission of Tanya Lee Stone's Sibert-winning Almost Astronauts (2009) among other books on space travel. A fizzy look at what space vacationers of the near future can expect. (photographs, glossary, websites, source notes, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Ever wonder what it is like to live in space? Ever think that you might want to go there yourself? If the answer to these two questions is yes, then this is the book for you. From the very first paragraph, this book intimately involves the reader in all the things that are necessary to become a space traveler. You find out the cost; what things you can take (it turns out, not much); why you will wear socks onboard the spaceship; and why Velcro is a must. You will find out that there is gravity everywhere, even in space when you feel weightless, and you will learn why you won't be drinking any soda in your spaceship. You will learn—but there are just too many great, solid, interesting, scientific facts to do justice to them here. Readers will not want to skip any pages, since each one contains information that is sometimes amazing and always entertaining. The mixture of accurate science and human-interest nuggets will keep any reader engrossed in this book. It is probably one of the best middle-reader science books this year. It is written in a compelling, exciting style, with a lot of humor throughout. The illustrations are great, and the photographs are superb. There are sidebars entitled "Space Stories" which contain quotes from astronauts and others, as well as "Tourist Tips." The book contains an explanation of gravity, a glossary, a space time line, a listing of additional books and websites, and an index. It may not be that long before space travel for civilians is common, and there are orbiting hotels in space and vacation resorts on the moon. Whatever the future holds, this is one science book that can help prepare students for tomorrow. Recommended for all middle graders, boys and girls, at home and in the school. Reviewer: Leona Illig
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Aimed at readers who will be part of the first generation of true space tourists, this breezy guide offers general advice about how to prepare for the trip, what to pack, what food and accommodations are going to be like, and suitable recreations both in Earth's orbit and on the Moon. Keeping the tone light, Goodman mentions hazards from vacuum to carbonated drinks (burping in microgravity brings up more than just CO2), intersperses her narrative with amusing or inspirational comments from astronauts and space scientists, and closes with leads to print and Web resources that are well chosen to turn armchair travelers into the other sort (when technology finally catches up with demand, that is). To the accompanying broad array of space and astronaut photos Slack adds goofy cartoon images of figures or spacecraft-sometimes actually within the photos themselves. Aside from an inaccurate claim that "most spacecrafts' engines work only in space," and a vague reference to the danger of an "occasional galactic ray," the information, some of which is drawn from talks with astronauts, reflects either actual conditions and experiences in space or credible speculations about the near future of recreational off-planet outings.—John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York City

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599900681
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
282,758
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

SUSAN E. GOODMAN is the author of See How They Run. And as the author of the acclaimed the Ultimate Field Trip Series, she has gone back in time to the Amazon, the North Pole, and even into space. She has also written dozens of other award-winning informational books including On this Spot, The Truth About Poop, Skyscrapers, and Gee Whiz. Susan is a freelance writer for several magazines and lives in the Boston area.
www.susangoodmanbooks.com

MICHAEL SLACK's illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, advertisements, and on television. His picture books include Scapegoat, My Life as a Chicken and Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry.
www.slackart.com

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