I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published July 19th 2021
Pointless animals in space
1. Mindy Kaling by Isabel Sánchez Vegara
This book is part of the Little People Big Dreams series of simple biographies of notable people for children. It tells the story of the life of author, comedian and actor, Mindy Kaling. It starts her childhood, when she wished she could see Indian American girls like her represented on TV and in movies, and her start in standup comedy, when she changed her name to something easier for English speakers to pronounce. Then about her success on the American version of the TV series, The Office, before going on to create her own show.
The text is simple, suitable for readers aged around 6 and up, and accompanied by brightly coloured illustrations. It's a sweet little book that helps to get across the importance of representation and positive role models for all children.
The Little People, Big Dreams series also features books about Simone de Beauvoir and Georgia O'Keefe. Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Quarto Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Published: July 20, 2021
2. The World's Most Pointless Animals by Philip Bunting
The World's Most Pointless Animals is full of adorable illustrations of animals ranging from the familiar, like the koala, to the more seldom seen and heard of, such as the pink fairy armadillo. This educational book explains about the biology and habits of these various creatures in a jokey, irreverent way that is sure to raise a smile.
The World's Most Pointless Animals would make a great addition to a school library, or a gift for an animal lover aged 8 or over.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the Quarto Publishing Group, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Published: July 20, 2021 3. Why Don't Astronauts Burp? by Anne Rooney and William Potter
Why Don't Astronauts Burp? is a book of facts about space. It is part of a series of educational books aimed at children aged 7 and up, called the Big Ideas series. I was hoping that this book would be better than Why Doesn't My Cat Roar?, the previous book I read in this series which was full of inaccuracies. I don't know a great deal about space, but from what I can tell the very first fact in this book is wrong, which doesn't bode well.
The book says that the "first object to be put into space" was Sputnik, in 1957, but the NASA website says that the first human-made object to enter space was a German-made rocket in 1949. I suppose the authors meant the first artificial Earth satellite, but if that's what they meant then they should have said so. It's a pity the authors didn't give their sources, which would allow interested readers to find out more about the parts that interested them (or pedantically fact check everything, if that's what floats their boats).
However, this book does actually answer the question why astronauts don't burp. It's full of interesting facts about space, illustrated with fun cartoons. It will be of interest to kids who love space provided they aren't sticklers for accuracy.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Arcturus Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.