Review sponsored by Lindsey Craig
The Children’s Book Review | May 21, 2018
Written by Lindsey Craig
Illustrated by Marianella Aguirre and Ying Hui Tan
Science Advisor: Robert L. Williams, Kennedy Space Center
Age Range: 4-8 years
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Owlbop (January 1, 2018)
What to expect: Science, Solar System, Space, Rhyming Text
A zany set of little Martian characters introduces readers to each of the planets in the Solar System in this fun, interplanetary romp from award-winning author Lindsey Craig.
This informational story is written in zippy rhyming text and the little Martians deliver little bursts of cosmic flavor onto the pages in fun speech bubbles. Their communications range from silly banter to scientific facts. The intergalactic illustrations are filled with energetic flare—there is plenty of colorful movement that projects the energy that fills the Solar System.
“Number six is super Saturn.
It has rings like colored glass.
It’s a whopper of a planet,
but it’s mostly fluffy gas.”
Speech Bubbles: “Euwwwww!” “Dude! Was that me?” “PU!”
On the final pages, there are more detailed descriptions, facts, and specifics on each of the planets, the solar system as a whole, as well as a few additional descriptions and images from NASA.
Silly Scientists Take a Peeky at the Solar System makes for a fun STEAM-themed read-aloud—especially when paired with the animated music video version that can be found on YouTube. And the potty humor is sure to elicit a few giggles, too!
About the Author
Lindsey Craig is an award-winning author of more than 20 children’s books including Dancing Feet! and Farmyard Beat! both illustrated by Marc Brown, as well as her most recent books: Oh So Quiet!, Try! Try! Try! and In Our Tree. She has been awarded Kirkus Best Children’s Books 2016, NAAPA Gold Award Winner, Wilde Awards Best Children’s Books, Parents Choice Gold Award, Fred Roger’s Best Baby Books 2011, and inclusion in Texas 2×2 reading list; as well as receiving acclaimed reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review, and she’s been featured in the New York Times Book Review. Most recently, Ms. Craig is busy creating the Silly Scientists Series, these books include: Silly Scientists Take a Peeky at the Solar System! and Silly Scientists Take a Tiptoe with the Tadpoles!. Lindsey lives with her husband and two fat cats on a beautiful island in Washington State.
Please visit Lindsey’s website for book updates, fun music and crafts, and parent/teacher resources. Please see too her new musical Youtubes for her Silly Scientist Series:
About the Illustrator
Ying Hui Tan is a children’s book illustrator, born in Malaysia and currently living in Reading, UK. She studied 3D animation at the University of Hertfordshire, where her team’s short film, InaniMate, won the People’s Choice Award of Virgin Media Shorts 2011. She started her career as a concept artist for game and animation, such as the Miffy’s World and Sedo Dog series, then decided to get involved in the literature art industry. Her “Dreamer Whale” illustration has been selected as SCBWI Bologna Book fair’s 2016 Illustrator’s Gallery finalist. Hui hopes her colourful and fun illustrations will bring a little more love and happiness to our world.
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