Moon & Mars by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by John Wallace

Moon: Ready-to-Read Level 1 & Mars: Ready-to-Read Level 1 by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by John Wallace. Simon Spotlight, 2021. 9781534486430, 9781534486461 

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

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book? From the series Our Universe, these lively texts introduce young readers to our moon and the planet Mars and detail some of their characteristics.  Describing their location, and in the case of the moon, phases and its effect on our oceans, the titles give a well rounded description of these celestial bodies. The illustrations add to the books by complementing the information with vivid colors. Large text with plenty of white space is sure to make these a hit with struggling readers. Backmatter, such as a glossary and “facts to know” give extra information and are a good jumping off point for further  discussions. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? Very simplistic, most of the facts are located within the backmatter of the titles.  The vocabulary is quite high for an early reader.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers, in grades 1 to 3, or struggling readers who enjoy learning about the solar system would enjoy these titles.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for elementary schools or public libraries that cannot get enough simple books on celestial bodies.

Where would you shelve it ? Early readers or nonfiction: Moon 523.3; Mars 523.43 

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I feel that this title would reside near the middle of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: October 19, 2021

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