Review: Mission to Pluto

I have to tell you this.. I have not read this book, my lad did. Boy did he ever talk about this first visit an ice dwarf and the kuiper belt, as found in Mary Kay Carson's book "Mission to Pluto"

AND.. wonders upon wonders.. he actually told me what he thought about it.   So this review is based solely on what he told me about it.


OH,... he was full of information.  He researched additional ideas on youtube and just filled two weeks with reading and watching.  :)   Here's one video he told me about: 

It's a good thing that you know?

What he liked:
LOTS of pictures.    Not just pictures and colour graphics to fill space, but ones that actually had to do with what he was reading about.
It had interesting know when they bring up interesting facts not directly related to what they are talking about.  Like when they talked about the girl who named Pluto or when they talked about the colours of the spectrum and what not.   My lad was going on and on about how that led to him learning about Red  S____ .  He's told me and explained it to me but it keeps disappearing into the nether on me!   (how red isn't really red cause it disappears ???)   Anyways, it has him all fascinated and talking.

He loved it when they had all the pictures on the page in one spot OR taking up the entire page.   He didn't have to wonder where he should start reading.
If the picture was at the top of slightly off center he didn't know if he should start reading under the picture or beside the picture, so "tell them mom that if they are writing this for me to read they should put the pictures either at the top or at the bottom so it isn't confusing". 

It has lots of information in it but "I found it really easy to read.  It didn't take me very long".

When I asked if he thought other boys might be interested the answer was "yes".   He admittedly wasn't sure if girls would like it... but honestly.. I think they would if they are into the things of outer space and seeing how a scientist realized a dream.

When my son realized there were several others in the series he wanted me to rush out and get more of them.. so expect a review or two to come along yet from others in the series.  :)

Title: Mission to Pluto
Author: Mary Kay Carson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 80
Age Range:  10-12 years
Series: Scientists in the Field
Reviewed for: Raincoast Books

Book Synopsis:  In July of 2015 a robotic spacecraft reached Pluto after a nine-and-half-year journey. New Horizons is the first spacecraft mission to Pluto and revealed its five moons as never before seen. Images from the mission show a reddish surface covered in ice-water mountains, moving glaciers, and hints of possible ice volcanoes and an underground ocean. Pluto is geologically alive and changing!.......Follow along with the team of scientists as they build New Horizons, fly it across the solar system, and make new discoveries about a world three billion miles away.

Where to find this book: - Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt - Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt (Scientists in the Field Series)

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  1. This looks wonderful! Off to see if the library catalog has it listed.

    1. it is a good one, you'll have to see if you can find others in the series as well. :)


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