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Scientifically-accurate illustrations and information-packed sidebars enrich this fascinating tale, the third in this acclaimed series about diversity and space exploration. Set in the future, Max the Dog’s friend Tori is all grown up and is the chief scientist of the Jupiter Mission. In order to reach their spacecraft, Max and his crew must take an amazing ride on a new device called the Space Elevator. Once they’ve probed the planet’s atmosphere, Max and friends begin exploring two of Jupiter’s moons—the ...
Scientifically-accurate illustrations and information-packed sidebars enrich this fascinating tale, the third in this acclaimed series about diversity and space exploration. Set in the future, Max the Dog’s friend Tori is all grown up and is the chief scientist of the Jupiter Mission. In order to reach their spacecraft, Max and his crew must take an amazing ride on a new device called the Space Elevator. Once they’ve probed the planet’s atmosphere, Max and friends begin exploring two of Jupiter’s moons—the volcanically active moon Io and the ice-encrusted moon Europa. On Europa, Max once again saves the day by locating a weak spot in the ice to launch a submarine and explore the ocean below.
AWARD: Young Voices Foundation 2009, Gold winner, Children's Picture Book (all ages)
A small human crew and a rambunctious rottweiler ride out to the Jovian system to drop off a pair of probes and to step onto the surfaces of the moons Io and Europa. Teaching values as well as astronomy, the authors intersperse discussions of the discovery and nature of Jupiter and its satellites with remarks about selfish people, international cooperation, and the necessity of caring for our own planet. The scientific and technological details are realistic, but the plot is so slight and the characters so sketchy that, like the dog bounding around various painted extraterrestrial locales in his jointed metal vacuum suit, they're more of a distraction than an enhancement. Consider this outing only after choosing among the plethora of conventional informational treatments of our solar system's second-largest member, such as Adele Richardson's Jupiter (Capstone) or Elaine Landau's Jupiter (Children's Press, both 2007).-John Peters, New York Public Library
"The scientific and technological details are realistic." —School Library Journal
Posted December 16, 2011
Max: Canine Astronaut Extraordinaire
Albina and Tsyganka. Belka and Strelka. Pchelka and Mushka. Zvezdochka, Verterok and Ugolyok. Laika: A long list of real life canine space travelers [Dogmonauts?], many of whom sacrificed their lives in Humankind¿s quest for space exploration.
And now: Max!
Well-known Astrophysicist, Astronomer, educator and author Dr Jeff Bennett takes virtual Space travel to a whole new level with his Max-series: Max Goes to the Moon, Max goes to Mars, Max Goes to Jupiter.
The Max Series is an ideal teaching medium for the Sciences, not only Astronomy, but also Maths, Chemistry and Physics, specifically in under-resourced schools where education standards are below Global average. Dr Bennett has made the teaching-literacy and numeracy-through-Astronomy genre his own, and very successfully.
This is very true in the case of Max goes to the Moon, as the Moon is the only ¿space object¿ that is clearly visible to the naked eye. Max Goes to the Moon [¿If you see something moving on the Moon ¿. It is Max!¿] is well researched and written. With Fact and Fiction inter-woven very effectively, Max is a very practical quick reference guide for both dad and daughter: Dad ¿ upon reading Max to his daughter ¿ will be able to answer the inevitable questions without referring the other books or the Internet to find answers.
The same goes for the school library where students are able to do a two-in-one trip into Space: reading about the Physics of Space, and at the same time traveling to Space with Max: Difficult-to-comprehend Space facts are translated into a very understandable format.
In 2012 and 2013 Max will tell live audiences in various countries, across various time lines, about his fantastic Voyage to the Stars on the international stage. Max Goes to the Moon: The Musical will be the theme for an international live 4-D Teatro Scientiae production. Max in 4-D will also be available on Blue-ray. The production is choreographed by Jeannette Ziady, one of Africa¿s exciting new creative dance event producers. Max will then also have his own fashion line, which will be worn by Max Goes to the Moon: The Musical dancers.