Reviewed by Louise Totton
I have just finished reading a picture book with my 10-year-old and she loved it. Yes, you read that right – the child who is massively into her Wimpy Kid books, Roald Dahl and David Walliams has just thoroughly enjoyed a book that I would have said was aimed at 5-year-olds!
The Spacesuit is based on real life events, and tells the story of some of the women who made walking on the moon possible. When we think about the team behind the moon walks, we think of the astronauts, the scientists and the engineers and mechanics. I personally never gave a second thought to some of the ultra-talented team who put together the very thing that kept these men alive – those who designed and sewed the spacesuits.
This wonderful book tells the story of these women, and how they worked together in a team to get the design of the suits just right. It rightly places them and the importance of their contribution right up there with the rest of the team, and does so in a way that I think empowers girls and women. The story is told in a humorous but very informative way, and one that both of the kids found very engaging. We all loved how on nearly every page, there was a little FACT box, containing lots of really interesting bits of trivia.
We thought the illustrations, by Ariel Landy, in the book were gorgeous and the really added to the story – they are as much a part of the story as the words, and I thought they helped the kids to appreciate just how much work and design go into creating things like this. I also really liked the glossary of terms at the back (it never hurts to teach kids how to use a reference book), as well as the collection of fun factoids at the back of the book. My eldest particularly likes snippets of information, so loved reading these and all of the facts throughout the book, and has been reciting them to be for the past few days!
This is a brilliant book, and one the bridges the gap between fiction and non-fiction really well. We all loved it and I have no doubt that it will be read again and again.
RRP: £7.99 (Paperback)