Space: The Whole Whizz-Bang Story
Ill. by Mike Phillips
London, Macmillan, 2013, 188p
In the years since I took my GCSEs, my knowledge of science has gotten a bit rusty, and I sometimes find it is a good idea to refresh every now and again.
Space: The Whole Whizz-Bang Story is the non-fiction element of the 2013 BookBuzz collection from Glenn Murphy, the author of Why is Snot Green, a book full of answers to some of the most peculiar questions ever asked. Instead, this book has a much clearer focus: space.
Murphy details loads of information about space into just a small illustrated text. He explains the history of discoveries and the development of knowledge about space, dating back to research done by the Babylonians 5000 years ago. Then he provides facts and images to explain what we currently know about each of the planets and many other elements in the solar system. There are even some quizzes included!
This book is an accessible, fast-paced tour of all things extra-terrestrial. It is written in a conversational tone, like a scientist explaining space to a child. Murphy is clearly incredibly intelligent, but is also gifted with the ability to be an excellent teacher, offering clear demonstrations and comprehensible examples.