Friday, December 15, 2017

ReadItDaddy's Second Book of the Week - Week Ending 15th December 2017 - "Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover" by Markus Motum (Walker Books)

We're quite literally shoehorning Book of the Week winners into the blog, there are just too many fantastic books around to ignore at the moment...
In at the very end of the year with a superb space title comes Walker Books with "Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover" by Markus Motum.

This has to be one of the most stylish space books for tinies we've ever seen, detailing the phenomenal journey of exploration of a lonely roving robot, providing humans with a tantalising glimpse of a planet 350,000,000 miles away.

Our nearest neighbour Mars has long held human fascination. The red planet is now being explored by one of the most successful remote rover missions ever conducted in human history.

The Curiosity Mars Rover has been slowly and painstakingly documenting the surface of mars since its successful touchdown back in 2012.

Touchdown! And the crowd goes wild...!
Having a children's picture book tackle the subject in such a beautifully simple but effective way really does pave the way for younger children to become enthusiastic and interested in space exploration.

Markus' perfect illustrations are utterly beautiful, coupled with simple explanations of the various stages of the mission (and of course what Curiosity is up to at the moment).

Rocketing off to Mars. Curiosity safely tucked inside. 
The book does a fantastic job of showing just how risky and amazing a mission this has been. As Curiosity continues to provide fascinating insights into a planet that we, humankind, may be lucky enough to visit in the next 10-20 years, we've seldom seen better books on the subject for youngsters.

Charlotte's best bit: Learning about Curiosity's perilous touchdown.

Daddy's favourite bit: An utterly beautifully presented slice of space for the very young. Perfect in fact!

(Kindly supplied for review)

"Curiosity: The story of a Mars Rover" by Markus Motum is out now, published by Walker Books. 

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