Synopses & Reviews
Amy Sklansky and Stacey Schuett give young explorers the moon and stars and beyond!
The mysteries of the universe and the science of space exploration are perennialy popular subjects, and Out of This World is a wonderful introduction. Amy Sklansky has written evocative poems about planets and stars and rockets and moon landings and satellites. Each poem is supported by additional facts and explanations in the margins. Stacey Schuett brings it all to life with color-soaked skies and beautiful perspectives in her fabulous paintings.
Space is a subject too grand for poetry or prose alone, so this book offers both to help readers truly appreciate our place in space.
"Sklansky contrasts light verse about the universe with facts about outer space (which appear in sidebars) in this gentle collection, while Schuett combines homey gouache cartoons with digitally rendered intergalactic details. After a pair of siblings blast off in a rocket, 'The Earth/ fills/ their window/ and then/ drops away,/ like a/ basketball/ baseball/ golfball/ marble./ How far from home/ they've traveled today.' Another boy contemplates visiting the planets, allowing Sklansky to work in some additional science ('On Venus, I could marvel/ at a sunrise in the west./ Nice... except sulfuric clouds/ do not encourage guests'). An evocative mix of the whimsical and the scientific. Ages 5 9. Agent: April Prince, Studio Goodwin Sturges. Illustrator's agent: Christina Tugeau. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
AMY SKLANSKY worked as a children's book editor for several years before becoming a full-time writer. Her books include From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On
, Where Do Chicks Come From?
, My Daddy and Me
, and The Duck who Played the Kazoo
. You can read more about Amy and her work at AmySklansky.com.
STACEY SCHUETT is the author-illustrator of many wonderful picture books, including Somewhere in the World Right Now, and the illustrator of many more including Spring Thaw by Stephen Schnur. You can learn more about Stacey and her work at StaceySchuett.com.