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Science Comics: Solar System: Our Place in Space

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Science Comics: Solar System: Our Place in Space

There is the saying, “You learn something new every day.” But I have to say that learning something new in comic book format is a lot more entertaining! There is plenty of information to absorb in SCIENCE COMICS: Solar System: Our Place in Space, but I found it easier to understand and retain the facts when presented in an engaging book. It’s not overwhelming at all. Each part tackles a different topic of the Solar System, which kicks off with everything you want to know about the sun to cool information about the planets and ends with a section on Meteor showers that has a timetable with the approximate dates to look for them. The Meteor showers is a great way for anyone to watch a spectacular nighttime show, no telescopes required.

"The colorful comic pictures and easy to read information make it a breeze to tackle the mystery of space."

There are lots of Interesting tidbits can be found in this book. Like the fact that craters got their names from famous artists like Thelonious Monk (jazz musician), Madeline L’Engle (author) and Claude Monet (painter). The planets are named after Roman and Greek gods. For instance, Mercury is named after the Roman messenger god and Neptune got its name for the Greek god of the sea. The reason we can see Venus is that clouds reflect light making the planet appear brighter. You’ll also be glad you don’t go to school on Venus because one day is 5,832 hours long!

I like the section on each planet that gives a report. It’s filled with the planet’s origin of name, contents and it shows where the planet sits in relation to the other planets. Additionally, kids will learn facts like Jupiter has at least 69 confirmed moons or that Mars is home to the largest-known volcano in our Solar System.

Overall SCIENCE COMICS: Solar System: Our Place in Space covers a lot of ground (or in this case, space) and it’s done in a smart kid-friendly approach. The colorful comic pictures and easy to read information make it a breeze to tackle the mystery of space.

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Purcell on September 27, 2018

Science Comics: Solar System: Our Place in Space
(Science Comics #12)
by Rosemary Mosco and Jon Chad