Squee news! This book won The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2013! How cool is that! Here's a summary of the prize from Usborne (received in publicist's email)
The prize celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people. The judges said of the book that it was “fantastically interactive” with “really amazing facts”, and the final decision was voted for by over 1000 children in schools and youth centres across the UK.
Since the inaugural year of The Royal Society Book Prize in 1988, Usborne has been accoladed (either longlisted, shortlisted or won) 18 times over 25 years - a success rate of over 70%.
That's rather impressive! Time to get on with the review for this fun book then ^o^
September 2012, Usborne, 14 pages, Hardback, Review copy
Themes: space, the solar system, planets, stars, galaxies, astronauts, space station, life cycles
Summary from Usborne
I find space fascinating, and I'm delighted by the volume of info packed in this book. On most pages there are several flaps to lift revealing more info (some flaps have flaps of their own!). These are sturdy, easy to lift and should last a long time. The pages are relatively thick to support the flaps, increasing the lifespan of a book that can easily be viewed again, and again, and again, and...again! There is enough basic info to grab readers' interest and encourage them to find out more about particular topics. I didn't know how astronauts slept, or why the earth can be compared to pea! (Rather than be cruel and make you read the book for the answers, I'll tell you astronauts sleep in bags fixed to the wall, and if the sun was a beach ball the earth wohld be a pea. Quite a difference!)
Another fab space read is also by Usborne, See Inside Space by Kate Daynes (Children's, Non-fiction, 10E/10E)