Thursday, August 18, 2016

To Burp or Not to Burp - a bookwrap


"To Burp or Not to Burp"
A Guide to Your Body in Space

Authored by Dr. Dave Williams and Loredana
Illustrated by Theo Krynauw

Ages  7-11

Editorial Reviews...

To Burp or Not to Burp is a must-read for those future space explorers and kids curious about how the human body works in space.
—Captain Scott Kelly USN (Ret)Former NASA Astronaut

Kids, teachers and parents will love Dr. Dave’s wonderful book. It tells it like it is!
—Barbara Morgan (Ret)Former NASA Astronaut

Unwrapping some illustrations for you...

About the book...

Can you guess the number one question that kids ask an astronaut? Yep, it's a potty question.... "How do you go to the bathroom in space?"  

This book answers a myriad of questions about diet, self-care, fashion, sleeping in space, and the effect a non-gravity environment has on your both your lifestyle and health, just to name a few.  

Dr. Dave Williams, a NASA astronaut alumni answers the questions posed by kids truthfully, because he's been there, done that. 

The fantastic photographs and illustrations boost the understanding of space life visually and the fun facts inserted within are very educational for both young and old.  For example:

"Thanks to surface tension, it's possible for astronauts to "eat" liquid.  We can use chopsticks to grab a blob of water, just as if it were solid food.  Once it's in our mouths, though, it's back to acting like a liquid. Gulp."

"When it comes to bathroom breaks, bio wipes are an astonaut's best friend.  But used wipes are stashed in the solid waster compartment, and since space is so limited, we can't use too many."

The illustrations are colourful, vibrant and humorous which I know kids will love.  They are a mixture of real photos plus cartoon-like drawings that draw the reader into the narrative.  

The authors have included a book list and online resources for more exploration of the topic and a link to the European Space Agency and Nasa Kids Club.  This is a fun, educational book that young astronaut wanna-be's will be excited to discover.   I highly recommend this book. 

About the authors...

Dr. Dave Williams is a Canadian astronaut who participated in spaceflights aboard two NASA space shuttles; he also became an aquanaut through undersea research in the world's only underwater research laboratory. Dr. Williams currently works in healthcare and To Burp or Not to Burp is his first book. He lives in Oakville, ON, Canada.

Loredana Cunti specializes in children’s entertainment, a former Senior VP of Children’s Programming at Universal Pictures and a Cordon Bleu Pastry Chef. Loredana has developed book-based characters for TV including Geronimo Stilton and the Pink Panther. To Burp or Not to Burp is her first book. She lives in Toronto, ON, Canada.

About the illustrator...

Theo Krynauw is a freelance illustrator whose work includes hand drawn illustration for editorial, textbook and children’s publications. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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