I love space. I’ve pretty much always loved space. The whole concept of it and the mind-boggling pieces that make up that world have alwasy fascinated me. So, I’m basically always on board whenever a space book for kids comes out. Super Cool Space Facts by Bruce Betts is one of those books that is right up my alley. And I would hope it’s one that kids will love and learn from.
While I unquestionably adore the purpose and premise of this book, I think it struggles at times to decide whether it’s an introduction to space or something a little bit deeper. While it’s definitely important to be aware of the beginning pieces, there were moments when it kind of felt as though this book was trying to do too much at once.
In a way, it was both an introduction and a deeper look at space. Which, I suppose is fine. The problem really comes in when I ask…who is this book for? And I think it’s kind of great if you have two kids you’re reading it to, one who knows space already and one who doesn’t…but that’s not really super universal.
Ultimately, I think this might have been better if it were two separate books. One for beginners, one for someone a little more involved.
Space is Fun!
Of course, regardless, I still loved reading this book. It’s a super captivating look at knowledge about space that is brilliant for anyone to read. There are colorful and engaging illustrations throughout, though they are not a large focus making it hard for this book to be a great read for much younger readers. There are many opportunities to learn with this book, which is ultimately the best thing about it.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.