Looking Up! The Science of Stargazing – written by Joe Rao, illustrated by Mark Borgions

 Looking Up! The Science of Stargazing (Ready to Read, Science of Fun Stuff) – written by Joe Rao, illustrated by Mark Borgions, Simon Spotlight, (9781481479172), 2017.

Format: Paperback Early Reader

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Non-fiction

What did you like about the book? This is mostly a standard introduction to astronomy, featuring chapters on the sun and moon, stars, planets, meteors and comets. There are two chapters about eclipses. One conveys general information; the other provides timely information about a lunar eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017.  The pages all employ colored backgrounds, mostly black with white type, but also yellow, green, and blue. The cartoony illustrations have child appeal. The last page contains a quiz with an answer key so readers can test the new knowledge they’ve acquired.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  Unfortunately, the chapter on the lunar eclipse will sound dated after the eclipse happens next month.

To whom would you recommend this book?  According to the publisher, this is the highest level in this early reader series, a “Level Three”, with challenging vocabulary and the most challenging sentence structure of the series.  It appears to be around a third to fourth grade reading level.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and classrooms.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with other Astronomy books in 520.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  7/1/17

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