Rocket Science: A Beginner’s Guide to the Fundamentals of Spaceflight by Andrew Rader, PhD, illustrated by Galen Frazer


Rocket Science: A Beginner’s Guide to the Fundamentals of Spaceflight by Andrew Rader, PhD, illustrated by Galen Frazer. Candlewick, 2020. 9781536207422

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

What did you like about the book? For those interested in a pared down explanation of space exploration, this is a great resource. From defining gravity and describing our solar system, to the science of rocket propulsion, the book is perfect for a budding space junkie. I like how clear the writing is, while including complicated ideas and terms. The digital illustrations are diagrammatic, and while not works of art, still do a great job of complementing the text, showing trajectory, orbits and cross sections clearly. Words in boldface appear in a glossary at the end of the book, and there is a list of sources for further exploration.

Anything you didn’t like about it? There was no table of contents, index, or list of sources.

To whom would you recommend this book?  For ages 10 and up, specifically those who are interested in a broad explanation of space flight. For space-obsessed kids, this may not be detailed enough.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? 629.45

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: December 13, 2020

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