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Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover

Fall 2018 Non-Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Markus Motum
Illustrator: Markus Motum
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763695040
Hardcover Price: $22.99

In the summer of 2012, NASA landed the robotic rover Curiosity on the surface of the planet Mars. This book is Curiosity's story, narrated as if it were by Curiosity itself, starting with "Wherever you are in the world right now, I'm a very long way away. I'm not even on the same planet as you."

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover details space travel, the mission to discover more about the Red Planet, and the search for evidence of life. In its own "voice," the rover explains how and why it was sent some 350 million miles to explore a planet that no human has ever visited—from its mission, design, launch, and landing — and what it's still doing since landing some six years ago.

The large-format book features spacy, muted, mixed-media pages of illustrations, mostly with sparse text-the images painted in subdued blues and grays, dark like space, images that harken back to earlier pioneering NASA days. At the back of the book is a Mars Rover Timeline that puts timing into perspective, and a glossary that, while scant, is nonetheless helpful. Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover, may prove to be a launching pad for your space- and science-orbital astro-youngster.

Don Oldenburg   ©2018 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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