cover image The Sky Is Not the Limit

The Sky Is Not the Limit

Jérémie Decalf, trans. from the French by Jérémie Decalf. Eerdmans, $18.99 (64p) ISBN 978-0-8028-5602-9

A Voyager spacecraft narrates its journey through the universe in this spare volume. Opening lines establish an exploratory tone (“What is up there?”), after which Voyager describes launching past clouds and daylight up into the “night.// Deep./ Infinite.” As the satellite-like probe travels in space, flat black pages sprinkled with pinprick stars movingly gesture toward the lonely expedition. Punctuating the intergalactic spreads are dramatic planetary flybys, until concluding twilight scenes back on Earth entreat the reader to “think of me, out there.” Staccato text includes mention of how the vessel carries a golden record with a message from Earth: “For an encounter, perhaps,/ at the edge of night.” It’s a resonant portrait of space’s ineffable immensity. Ages 5–9. (Mar.)