A young boy has decided that he would really like to live on Jupiter. Adamson transports the young boy, and the readers with him, to a cartoon version of Jupiter, where they learn about the planet, its moons, and its atmosphere. Often using comparisons to life on Earth, Adamson gives the reader important facts in easily understood language, such as: "Whatever you do, stay away from the Great Red Spot. It's a hurricane that's as big as two Earths. It's been raging for hundreds of years." Reluctant readers will not be overwhelmed by the text's word count or complexity. Fabbri's vibrant illustrations add drama to the text, but perhaps lack authenticity of the realities of Jupiter's surface and atmosphere. The back matter of the book includes a text box titled "How Do We Know About Jupiter?," an "Earth vs. Jupiter" comparison chart, a glossary, and lists of other books to read and websites to visit for information on Jupiter. While this would be a good addition to any library on solar systems, it should not be used as the only resource for information on Jupiter, since its factual information is limited. Part of the "Do you Really Want to Visit...?" series. Reviewer: Anne Pechnyo
Gr 1–2—Suggesting at best only quick visits, these lighthearted excursions send a diverse cast of young explorers to various solar-system locales to check out landforms, the uniformly hostile atmospheric conditions, and such other features of note as Jupiter's Galilean moons ("the big kahunas"). Though readers will be left with pockets full of specific facts and also vivid impressions of what each destination is like, they will have to guess at the pronunciation of words like "maria" or "Enceladus," and may find the cartoon illustrations, which often dissolve into jumbles of color, less than informative.