Do your children like to boldly go to the bedroom to pore over maps of the solar system? While there is no shortage of brilliant, in-depth books on the subject, not many of them fold neatly into a pamphlet which can be slipped into a book bag for show and tell, or unfold into a beautiful A3 poster to be pinned up next to the bed. Out There: the solar system for tourists, designed by Paul Rogers, and written by Matthew De Abaitua, is divided into epic journeys of the solar system, in three perfectly feasible itineraries ‘for dreamers and fantasists’; our favourite, Jupiter to the rock surfers of Io, tar pits of Titan, past Yin-Yang moon to the Great dark spot of Neptune.
It’s written with humour, including locations and nods to popular sci-fi stories, as well as a lot of hard facts. Essential reading for Star Wars fans or future astronauts, and light relief for parents whose children reject storybooks in preference for Encyclopedia Britannica.
Herb Lester, £4