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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!

Fiction Fridays #3: You Can’t Eat A Princess!

You Can't Eat A Princess!

“It’s nearly time for my party!” said Princess Spaghetti.

You Can’t Eat A Princess!: Gillian Rogerson & Sarah McIntyre (2010)

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I did try to get a picture of the book before the battery of my camera died, but that was the best I could do of the front cover. It’s not an easy book to extract from Destructo Girl! We borrowed this from the library 8 days ago and I have read it at least twice a day ever since. Both Mighty Girl and Destructo Girl choose it – MG finishes off the sentences and takes great pride in recognising some of the 3 letter words (all, the…) DG asks “Where’s Princess?”, point’s out King Cupcake’s crown and throws a tantrum when I refuse to read it for the third time in a row: “Again! Again!”
DG enjoying You Can't Eat A Princess!
I like this book because the princess is a strong willed character who isn’t afraid to go off to rescue her dad when no one else is willing to. Oh, and there’s lots of chocolate! And aliens! The pictures are fantastic, lots of details in there and everything looks good enough to eat. Sarah McIntyre and Gillian Rogerson are both on Twitter, and well worth following. Sarah McIntyre has loads of extras on her website for crafts and parties. I’ve only just found this today, and I know my girls will love this, especially MG who loves all sorts of crafts.

I’ve put both this book and its sequel, You Can’t Scare A Princess, on the girls’ Christmas wish list! It has been an instant hit and I think I’m going to need to keep this library copy for quite some time!