Space: 2a Three-Dimensional Journey

Brian Jones, Author, Richard Clifton-Dey, Illustrator Dial Books $15.95 (144p) ISBN 978-0-8037-0759-7
With the reader at a spacecraft's controls, this thrilling book takes a bold journey into the wild blue yonder. After blasting off from Mercury's cra- tered surface the traveler can visit six planets and an asteroid by merely turning the pages. The expansive yet graphically sparse paintings allow observation of the celestial bodies from a variety of perspectives. The space adventure is heightened by four intricate pop-ups, one, for example, showing Jupiter's spouting, effulgent volcanoes. Throughout, Clifton-Day's use of color shifts nicely from cool, inky black to smoldering reds and oranges, visually creating striking climatic changes. Each otherwise wordless spread also contains a page flap extension that resembles a cockpit control panel and provides scientific data and statistics--diameter of the planet, topographical features, average distance from the sun. This simulated voyage makes for exciting learning about our final frontier. Ages 5-9. (May)
Reviewed on: 11/04/1991
Release date: 11/01/1991
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