‘Dr. Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System,’ by Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock (MBE), illustrated by Chelen Écija.

Space has never ceased to be an endless source of fascination for adults and children alike. Some of you may recognise renowned space scientist Dr. Maggie from her work on tv programmes ‘The Sky at Night’ or CBeebies ‘Mini Stargazing.’ If so, you’ll be pleased to learn that you can now get your hands on her action-packed book just in time for World Space Week.


If you’re going to let anyone take you on a tour of the solar system, it would be Dr Maggie. The book starts off with a rundown of the tour’s itinerary, a look at the route map and few tips to get the most out of your trip. The first person narration really does make you feel as though you’re about to set off on an adventure with your guide!

Once everyone’s buckled up, the intrepid explores whizz around the Earth, to our moon and then on to the furthest reaches of solar system.

As explorers visit some of the finest sights our solar system has to share, they will learn almost enough facts to fill a black hole!


I love the vibrant full-page illustrations which make up some of the ‘tour highlights’ with text, diagrams and fact bikes cleverly interspersed. This tour of the solar system also took me to places other space books hadn’t – Olympus Mons for example or Verona Rupes.

Before you end your tour, be sure to log into the ship’s database for all the facts, stats and figures the couldn’t quite manage to fit into the tour!


A brilliant, eye-catching book whose content you know you can trust – for ages 6+

*Many thanks to Buster Books for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour*





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