Zoom Space Adventure – Susan Hayes & Susanna Rumiz

    Zoom Space Adventure – Susan Hayes & Susanna Rumiz, What on Earth Publishing Ltd., 9781999967987, 2021

Format:  Pop up Board book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review): 4

Genre: Informational 

What did you like about the book? The book follows Ava and her cat as they go on a space adventure. Ava explores the other planets, the moon and even makes a stop on at the International Space Station. The book is filled with facts about planets, galaxies and general outer space information. The illustrations are in the cartoon style and are not realistic renditions of the actual planets, stars etc.  The colors on the page are so vibrant. Two of my absolutely favorite parts of the book are :

  1. Before Ava gets on the rocketship she is waiting for the countdown. The pages are cut out into the actual 5,4,3,2,1 numbers. At first when I read the book I did not notice that but when I went through it again it was a happy surprise.
  2. As Ava continues to explore, she encounters an explosion. The explosion is a full page popout that unfolds. It is a beautiful way to bring an explosion in outer space to “life”. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No 

To whom would you recommend this book? Young readers from ages 3- 5 years old 

Who should buy this book? Daycares (older children), Kindergarten classes

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA

Date of review: April 20, 2020


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