Space Infographics

Harriet Brundle. Booklife (IPG/Trafalgar Sq., dist.), $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-78637-080-8
Digital charts, diagrams, and other infographics highlight aspects of Earth’s astronomical neighborhood. After an opening spread devoted to the solar system, Brundle zooms in on the sun, the planets, moons, and more. Images relating to comparative size are among the book’s most effective: abstracted triangles highlight the idea that the solar system’s largest volcano, Olympus Mons on Mars, is three times larger than Mt. Everest. Others are confusing or misleading: 26 circles accompany the statement that “Jupiter has over 60 known moons,” and a bar graph comparing the average temperatures on Uranus (-215 °C) and Earth (15 °C) isn’t drawn to scale. The bold visual presentation and many astronomical facts should find some fans, but the book is a mixed bag. Simultaneously available: Animal Infographics, Human Body Infographics, and Weather Infographics. Ages 7–11. (May)
Reviewed on: 06/19/2017
Release date: 05/01/2017
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-1-78637-634-3
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