Title: Curiosity: The Story of the Mars Rover
Author: Markus Motum
Illustrator: Markus Motum
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s non-fiction – science/space
Book format: Hardback
Description: Discover the incredible story of the search for life on Mars, told from the unique perspective of Curiosity, the Mars Rover sent to explore the red planet. Markus Motum’s stylish illustrations and diagrams reveal how a robot travelled 350,000,000 miles to explore a planet where no human has ever been.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: I really do love this book! Curiosity, the mars rover, herself tells us all about why she was created and then and how and why she does the important job that she does on Mars. The book is A3 in size and is filled with some lovely text and illustrations on thick matt paper. The book is a hardback and this hardback cover is matt too with Curiosity and another part of the front picture appearing glossy.
There’s something I’ve always loved about stories where things like objects seem to come to life and are illustrated in a way that you feel for them and are interested in hearing their thoughts. This book is brilliant at following this as Curiosity is talking to us and explaining her own life and mission to us. The book starts off with an introduction by Curiosity before she explains why she was created, why humans wanted to find out about and visit Mars and how difficult, and seemingly impossible, this would be with human astronauts. She then explains all about how she was built and then the complex journey she had to Mars along with what she does there now.
The book is more pictures than text with each double page spread explaining some interesting information as well as adding images which help you to understand what is being explained. There is text along the bottom of each page but there is also some text dotted around the individual images which teach you little extras such as the names of Mars’s moons or the details about all of Curiosity’s parts – I love the fact she refers to having a shoulder, elbow and wrist just like us humans!
Every double page has some lovely illustrations. There’s something I just love about the pictures. The style of the illustrations are very fun and easy to understand and recognise. Some pictures look like they were made from block printing and they all have clearly defined shapes. It’s hard to explain but there’s something about the style that I really like and I think kids will find it easy and fun to look at this book too.
I really enjoyed Curiosity being the narrator of her own tale. Something about this style of book makes it all the more appealing to read and makes you enjoy learning the facts as you don’t feel like you are learning anything. There’s a lot of information all about space and how she was created which I found very interesting. I didn’t know about the important conditions needed in the creation lab or how she was created in a different place than where she would need to launch from – something which is interesting to read as it also includes a map of America and its states!
Along with her story, the ending of the book includes a timeline of all Mars missions as well as extra information about the rovers and a glossary of space terms used in the book. I really love this book, not only for its illustrations and the cute images of Curiosity, but it’s also very educational and fun. There’s a surprising amount of information for kids to learn about Mars and the missions and of course the rovers. Not only is all of this fascinating to read but it can really spark an interest in all things space related. I think the book is an excellent way of getting kids interested in space and science in general. Both boys and girls would love to read this and I know it’s a book I would have read again and again when I was a kid. Even as an adult I’ve enjoyed reading this and learned a lot of things I didn’t know about Curiosity.
I would definitely recommend this book, whether kids are into space or not. It will certainly be enjoyed by those that are interested in space and might just spark an interest in those that aren’t. A great book to give as a gift and one some adults might enjoy reading too.
-Review first appeared online December 2017 – now republished here.
Do you like books that show things like the Curiosity slightly anthropomorphised? What about books that teach kids all about space? Did you or your children enjoy learning about space? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂