Professor Wooford McPaw’s History of Astronomy (Professor Wooford McPaw's History of Things, #2)

Professor Wooford McPaw’s History of Astronomy (Professor Wooford McPaw's History of Things, #2)
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Cicada Books
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October 04, 2022
Take your youngsters on a voyage across the universe and ignite their passion for exploring the night sky in this fascinating and imaginative guide to astronomy for kids ages 6 to 10.
"This is a comprehensive overview of astronomy that is a strong purchase for all nonfiction collections. Readers will spend many hours poring over the pages and expanding their understanding of the mysteries of the universe". -- School Library Journal
''Fun and interesting with a good balance of text and bright cartoon-style illustrations, this is a fantastic introduction to astronomy that supports science and technology''. -- Armadillo Children's Magazine 
''A smashing children’s book. Not only did I enjoy reading it, I learnt new things too. What could be better than that?'' -- Linda's Book Bag
''The illustrations are bold and colourful, easy to interpret and fun to look at. I hope Professor McPaw has more expertise to share in future books!'' -- My Shelves Are Full

This second book in the Wooford McPaw series takes on the subject of the cosmos and everything within it. In his distinctively humorous, somewhat subversive tone, Elliot Kruszynski (in the guise of the Prof) looks at how our understanding of our place within the universe has evolved from the days of Ancient Greece, to the discoveries of Copernicus and Gallileo, through to Newton and then to Einstein and Hawking. In and amongst these stories, we find out about how the universe may have been formed, the birth and death of stars, different types of galaxies, our own solar system and the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy.

Kruszynski’s comprehensive but easily understood texts are brought to life in comic-style panels with plenty of dialogue and discussion bringing the subject alive, and providing a refreshing new take on a subject matter that never ceases to boggle the mind!

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engaging illustrated non-fiction about the study of space
(Updated: December 03, 2022)
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PROFESSOR WOOFORD MCPAW'S HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY is a cool graphic novel style non-fiction book that teaches children about astronomy and related topics. The book takes the reader through some of the history that led to modern astronomy as well as some of the basics of space and its study, such as dark matter, the theory of relativity, space probes, the international space station, and more. The end of the book takes a peek into what the future could hold.

What I loved: This covers a lot of topics and teaches about a breadth of information related to astronomy in a really approachable way. The graphic novel style makes this easily digestible for young middle grade readers, and while a lot of the more complex information is really simplified, this is a great starter text for learning about the study of space. While it begins with the history of astronomy, it delves into various other topics, including more modern figures, the methods through which we study space, and some key theories. Using brief sentences and multiple panels, it breaks down the basics in a way that will be really approachable for young readers. The illustrations are full of color and simple characters that will entertain readers.

Final verdict: PROFESSOR WOOFORD MCPAW'S HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY is an engaging non-fiction, illustrated book that will teach young middle grade readers about the study of outer space.
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