Monday, January 7, 2019

Solar System: Our Place in Space by Jon Chad - ADVISABLE

Science Comics: Solar System: Our Place in Space by Rosemary Mosco, illustrated by Jon Chad.  122 pages.  GRAPHIC NOVEL First Second (Roaring Brook Press), 2018.  $13.  

Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13.  



A girl named Sara is home sick when her friend Jill comes to visit and decides to teach her about the Solar System.  They make up a story about a spaceship full of their pets and take the reader on a journey through space.  The sun and each planet is featured with highlights about each one, including a report from the space pets.  Not everything goes smoothly for the space pets, but each planet is discussed and Jill helps Sara understand and love the solar system.  

The non-fiction portion of this book is five stars.  I thought the highlights about each planet were fascinating and I was reading parts out loud to my family.  The illustrations are bright and attractive which is an important part in a graphic novel.  The story about the space pets was boring and made the book seem very juvenile, which will turn older readers away even though the facts are interesting for all.  The violence is random and shocking, and it includes the story of a man getting his nose cut off by a sword with a graphic picture to go with it-completely out of place with the feel of the rest of the book and pushing it into middle school level.  Great non-fiction, but not great overall.  

C. Peterson

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