Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Spectacular Space Book and Give Away


If you/your child/your class like space, you must get your hands on this book!  This is the third in the series of Max in Space books.  Max the Dog was following in the paw steps of his grandfather Max, who went to the Moon and Mars.  Max, the younger, was headed for Jupiter, however.  His human friends accompanied him up, up, up the Space Elevator 60,000 miles above Earth where the Jupiter ship was docked.  The children wished Max and the crew a fond farewell and took the elevator back to Earth.


In an imaginative story the reader follows Max and the crew where they explore two of Jupiter’s moons, Io and Europa.  They can’t land on Jupiter itself because it doesn’t have a solid surface and the winds are too terrible.  However, they dropped a probe on the planet which sent pictures and data back to Earth.   On their trip home they passed close to Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. 

Not only was lots of scientific information tucked seamlessly throughout the story, but generous
sidebars on each page presented even more.  Your space-geek heart will be totally satisfied in reading this book!  Rest assured they’re all accurate facts.  Authors Jeffrey Bennett and Erica Ellingson are astrophysicists while Nick Schneider is a planetary scientist.  They give information about how you can best view Jupiter for yourself.  They also have a page of notes for parents and teachers.

Space artist, Michael Carroll, created beautiful paintings for this book.  The gray-tone end pages make you feel like you are right there with Max as he romps across the surface of Io.  There is also a photo of Galileo’s notebook entry of 1610 about the four “stars” he had discovered near Jupiter.  Later he figured out these were moons of the planet.  Another photo is of the planet Jupiter taken from the Cassini spacecraft.

A wide range of ages will enjoy this book.  If you’d like to win a copy of this fascinating book, leave a comment telling who you’d like to share it with.


  1. I would share it with my boys, we love to go camping and look at the stars!

  2. "Unknown," you're the winner!! Please use the Wagon Mail boxes on my blog to email me your name, and address so I can send you the book.

  3. Thanks!!! My boys are going to love this book, can't wait to read it with them!!!