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The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff (Epic Fails #2)

Review

The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff (Epic Fails #2)

written by Ben Thompson and Erik Slader with illustrations by Tim Foley

In their second book of the Epic Fails series, authors Ben Thompson and Erik Slader take a humorous look at the world's race to conquer outer space, with its many triumphs and tragedies. The book centers on the race to the moon, but the narrative starts with the invention of the first rocket. Did you know the Chinese were the first to use rockets on the battlefield? As early as 1232, they employed their new technology in their battle against the Mongols. The authors take some time to explain the advancement of rocket science and how it eventually led to launching man into outer space.

"This is a great book packed full of useful and fun information on the subject of man's quest to fly to the moon and beyond....a must-read..."

Like the first book, this one is filled with not only tons of information about the subject matter, but, written with a large dose of humor, it also has numerous pencil sketches and black-and-white photos to illustrate the text. A timeline of events related to space flight is included at the end of the book. It starts with the year 1895, with the invention of the first rocket equation that was capable of escaping from the earth's gravitational pull, and ends in 1975, with the first US-Soviet joint mission in outer space. A bibliography with lists of sources used in the text is also provided at the end of the book.

This is a great book packed full of useful and fun information on the subject of man's quest to fly to the moon and beyond. It is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the subject. It could also be used as additional reading for middle school science classes.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on July 24, 2018

The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff (Epic Fails #2)
(Epic Fails #2)
written by Ben Thompson and Erik Slader with illustrations by Tim Foley