Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover, by Markus Motum
Synopsis: Full of eye-catching retro illustrations, a look at NASA’s beloved Mars rover is sure to fascinate budding space explorers — and set inquisitive minds soaring.
Maybe you remember when a little robotic spacecraft landed on a far-off planet. On August 6, 2012, the rover Curiosity touched down on the rocky surface of Mars — and now she’s ready to guide you through her journey firsthand. From idea to creation and beyond, this fact-filled, stylish book introduces readers to Curiosity and her mission: to discover more about the red planet and search for evidence of life. How did Curiosity get her name? What tools does she use to carry out her tasks? In her own voice, the popular NASA rover tells how and why she traveled more than 350,000,000 miles to explore a planet no human has ever visited . . . and what she’s been doing there. In his debut picture book, Markus Motum brings Curiosity’s story to life in vivid color: the deep blues of space set off the warm, rusted hues of Mars’s dusty red surface, marking this loveable rover and her mission as something special — truly a world apart.
Published: October 2017 | ISBN: 978-0763695040 | Ages: 8-12 years
Judge Nicola Davies, who has had books shortlisted for the Prize twice before, said: “For me, the stand out title was Curiosity: The story of a Mars rover. This showed an originality of approach in its narrative perspective, its illustration and design. This is a book that can work across age groups, accessible to younger children but providing older children, and adults, with a satisfying level of information. All too often picture books are thought to be the territory solely of the under 8’s, but this isn’t the case. They are a unique art form that can be used to deliver some of the most complex and sophisticated information – as Curiosity shows.” – Nominated for Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize
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Hardcover Edition: Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover