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Basher Books: Astronomy

Basher Books are fantastic little books that cover (mainly) scientific concepts in handy bite-sized chunks along with Manga-style anthropomorphic characterisations. They come in two sizes, and we’ve somehow built up a fairly big selection via offers at The Book People and Red House Books. They are far too ‘old’ for my girls but I think they’re brilliant so they’re on the shelves, to be discussed if either child ever shows an interest.

Astronomy: Out of this World! created by Simon Basher & written by Dan Green

Basher’s Astronomy covers a whole host of information: from planets and other objects in the solar system to types of stars; from galaxies to man-made machines; from the big bang to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence…

Objects and concepts are grouped into chapters of “gangs” of similar characters.

Most characters then get a double-page spread of information, although some get only a single page.

The website has some online games, worksheets to download plus samples of each of the books and some great downloads including a huge PDF periodic table – but I’m digressing from astronomy now! The direct link to the Astronomy sampler is here.

The posters are included in the books, but can also be downloaded from the Basher Books site. This is what the poster for the Astronomy book looks like:

Age-wise this series is suggested for 9+ but it depends on the individual child. The anthropomorphic characterisations may confuse younger children or may be useful in explaining, all depending on the child. The book samplers should give a good idea of whether they’re suitable for your household. I think they’re wonderful books and thoroughly recommend them.

All images above (apart from my photo) are taken from the Basher Books website and copyright belongs to Macmillan publishers.

I’m Looking for a Book about… Space

It’s the third “I’m looking for a book about…” carnival from Playing by the Book and this month’s theme is Space.

There is obviously a discrepancy between what I think is on my shelves and what is actually on my shelves because I thought we had loads of books on Fairies (but found none), and loads on Space (but not as many as I thought) and none on the Seaside, Beaches and Oceans (but found far more than on any other subject so must go back and enter that carnival…)

Welcome to Alien School by Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves.

The third of a series of books about Albie, an ordinary boy who extraordinary things happen to. We’ve previously reviewed this book.


You Can’t Eat a Princess! by Gillian Rogerson & Sarah McIntyre.

Since reviewing, we now own our own copy of both You Can’t Eat a Princess! and You Can’t Scare a Princess! and they are both still very well loved.


Winnie in Space by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul.

Winnie the Witch! In space! What’s not to love? I am a huge fan of Korky Paul’s work, the details are wonderful and make re-reading books a joy. Winnie in Space is the eleventh Winnie book. Valerie Thomas’ text is spot on, these are proper picture books with text and pictures telling the stories together.

In Winnie in Space, Winnie conjures a rocket and off Winnie and Wilbur go for a picnic. But, oh no, space rabbits are coming to the picnic! “Chocolate Muffins? Disgusting. Cherries? Yuck!” but space rockets? Yum! How will Winnie and Wilbur get home after the rabbits have chewed their rocket up?

Every page also has a picture of a planet or object from the solar system with their astronomical symbols, a nice touch to lead to further study if your child shows an interest.

Meg on the Moon by Helen Nicol and Jan Pienkowski.

It’s Mog’s birthday and for his birthday treat he wants to go in a space ship.  Meg makes a spell (that works!) and off they go. This book actually covers a lot of educational activities: counting down from 10 for lift off; weightlessness in space; moon buggy, lunar module and spacesuits; food in bags; jumping high with the moon’s lower gravity; what the Earth looks like from space… Another gem of a book.

Basher’s Astronomy by Dan Green and Simon Basher.

I love these Basher Books, I’ve not written about them before because they’re too old for my girls but I’ve been collecting them nonetheless because they are brilliant. Manga-style characters with simplified explanations of the concepts they represent. This book deserves a post to itself

Finally a free book to download (or buy in physical form) for early readers: Tick Tock Little Facts Blast Off! Lots of photos of real space images and only 100 words for new readers to attempt themselves.

There is also a series of books about the solar system from the same publishers for early readers who want to read a bit more detail.

Next month’s carnival theme is (Starting) School. Thank-you Zoe for these carnivals, it’s been great fun thinking of books to fit each theme!