To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space by Dr. Dave Williams and Loredana Cunti
Published on October 11, 2016
Of all the questions astronauts are asked by kids, the most frequent one is “How do you go to the toilet in space?” This book not only answers that question, but many others about the effect of zero gravity on the human body: How do you brush your hair in space? What happens when you sweat? What does food taste like? The best thing is that the answers are provided by Dr. Dave Williams, a NASA astronaut who speaks from first-hand experience. Written for kids ages 7 to 10, this book uses age-appropriate language to explain the different phenomena that astronauts encounter during a mission. The bright, colorful pages, short blocks of text accompanied by photos and humorous illustrations make this a very attractive choice for young readers. The opening message from Dr. Dave empowers kids to follow his example by believing in themselves and following their dreams.
This book is terrific! It's full of all manner of interesting facts about space. Kids ages 6-10 will enjoy it immensely. It's broken down into sections by topic: going to the bathroom, eating in space, bathing in a microgravity environment, etc. We understand a world with gravity, but Dr. Dave knows that kids have many questions about how things work in space where there is no gravity.
Since the author is an astronaut, the answers come from first hand experience. The pages of the book are laid out with small snippets of information inside boxes, so it can be read through cover to cover or picked up and read out of order one box at a time. All of the questions and answers center around Dr. Dave's experience on the International Space Station. It's fascinating and funny!
There are quirky illustrations and many photographs to accompany the information, so no page seems too heavy with information. This book was definitely written with kids in mind. It covers everything, and the answers are incredibly blunt and honest. It's well organized, and the pages are well laid out. The back of the book has suggestions for further reading and a full index.
For kids interested in space, or even just how our bodies work, this book is a great resource.
My Rating: 4 Stars