I am not sure if Super Space Weekend: Adventures in Astronomy (Science Adventure Club) is a second (or at least not the first in a series) of titles, but there was some missing information for me. The book starts off with three friends who seem to have been introduced to us before. But I know I have not previously met Squeak, Orni, and Castor.
Despite this “in the middle” feeling, I was getting a good feeling about Gaelle Almeras’ graphic novel. I was excited to learn about astronomy, to explore space. And the fact we were going to do it in a fictionalize nonfiction manner made it feel like it was a good way to start. Therefore, we can relate to the facts, by seeing them in “practical” use, not just strung out on the page. However, that missing feeling stayed. Such as, there is a comment around chapter three that talks about Pluto, but it is abstract, and not feeling connected to the rest of the information.
Then there is the artwork of David Warriner. It reminds me of Walt Kelly’s Pogo, but then maybe not as cute, and younger looking. I am assuming they will mostly be black and white, but there will be bold spots of colors. The black and white aspect can make it a little difficult to distingue different pieces of the puzzle.
Each chapter is broken down into a fiction aspect where the friends (one who is the astronomy expert) talking about the next subject, followed by the science of the subject. And these subjects range from the moon to the planets to asteroids, meteorites, nebulas, constellations, the moon and even commentary of some of the women who have been in space, but not on the moon. Most things are covered in a basic manner but do have a fair number of details. This would not work as a read aloud, but best for the at least aged seven and up crowd to solo read.
I only read about half the book as a reader copy online (I think this is a “need in hand physical book read for me”), before writing this review. If I change my mind and finish this, I will let you know! Due October 2023.