I am a huge admirer of books published by Wide Eyed Editions. They are always full of information, have great illustrations and are pitched perfectly to the their target audience. This title is a fantastic introduction to the solar system and the wonders of space.
In Voyage Through Space readers join a young girl and her canine companion on an epic journey from the centre of our galaxy, the Sun, to various planets, through the Asteroid Belt, on to more planets, before finally arriving at the Kuiper Belt at which point we are told that what lies ahead is interstellar space and with only one spacecraft ever having gone this far before it is best that we safely return home.
Each celestial body that is visited on the journey is presented over a double page. Oversized illustrations of the planets and belts are what dominate the double page spreads and they are a mesmerising explosion of colour that will leave young readers captivated by the beauty that exists in outer space. Each body is introduced via a short yet informative description and facts are dotted around the page of which some are easier to read than others. Explanations are simple but never feel condescending or as if they are talking down to young readers and the fact boxes are great bite-sized chunks of information that offer that quick hit of knowledge that some children demand. Readers can expect to learn what each planet is formed of, the extremities of each planet that make it impossible for life to survive and how planets got their names.
The girl and her travelling companion, dressed in spacesuits, feature on every page and can be seen taking in their surrounds from various viewpoints. They can be found in a control centre, floating around in space and stepping foot on planets where conditions permit. Particularly fun illustrations see our space explorers sitting on an asteroid as they take in the Asteroid Belt and clinging to the Voyager 2 probe as it orbits Neptune.
It is a wonderfully accessible book for teaching young children about what lies beyond our own planet. There is lots to learn and I was interested to read that it is always cloudy on Jupiter and that the air pressure on Venus is so great that it would squash any would-be explorers flat.
Recommended for 6+.