Title: On the Spot: Space On-the-Spot-Space
Author: Claire Llewellyn
Illustrated: Jason Lewis
Pages: 17
Reading Level: Read Aloud
Star Rating: ★★★★

Universes’ On the Spot: Space is a seventeen page board book filled with the sorts of facts that are calculated to fascinate youngsters. Perhaps I shouldn’t say this – it doesn’t make me sound all that intelligent – but several of them fascinated me, too (flabbergasted, actually).  Like this one…

Saturn is lighter than water, so it would float – if you could find an ocean big enough! [pg. 15]

Cool stuff, huh? Describing what you would need to pack for a space journey, Ms. Llewellyn includes,

a sleeping bag with straps to tie yourself down so that you won’t float around while you sleep. [pg. 5]

Hmm. I never thought about that…

This next one kinda freaks me out.

To do work outside the spacecraft, first you put on your spacesuit, then leave the cabin. Your job here is to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, which orbits Earth and sends us pictures of distant stars. [While working] You are standing on a sticky platform so that you won’t float away. Later you will use small jets on your backpack to move around. [pg. 6]

Moving by jet sounds neat, but the sticky platform part sounds scary to me. I mean, what kind of sticky are we talking about? Sticky-note sticky? Molasses sticky? I would want to be tied down with block and tackle to keep me from *floating off*

Anyway, before I drift too far into personal fears and preferences, I’ll conclude by recommending On the Spot: Space for very beginning readers or as a read aloud. It includes many facts, most of which have more educational value than the ones that stood out to me. : )

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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