From the Legendary Journeys series, this volume looks at space exploration and the solar system. A typical double-page spread includes an introductory paragraph and several illustrations accompanied by lengthy, small-print captions. Many pages telescope horizontally, with pages sliding out of sleeves formed by other pages, and extending almost three times their normal width. While the wide format is sometimes used effectively to illustrate a large rocket or a space shuttle (showing internal details through lifted flaps), at other times it adds little beyond novelty. Illustrations include photos, space-telescope images, and artists’ conceptions of spacecraft and space objects, events, and phenomena. For larger collections. Grades 4-7. --Carolyn Phelan
About the Author
Dr Mike Goldsmith studied the philosophy of time and space at Keele University in the U.K., where he received a PhD in astrophysics. Formerly the head of the U.K.’s National Physical Laboratory, he has written many nonfiction books for children, including Kingfisher’s Voyages: Space, and Science Kids: Solar System.
is an author and illustrator of several non-fiction children's books. He illustrated the Kingfisher title I Wonder Why Planes Have Wings. His other credits include The Dinosaur Museum, The Hammond Space Atlas, The World of Flight (An Inside Look), and several Lego Modelers books.