Cover image for Curiosity : the story of a Mars rover / Markus Motum.
Curiosity : the story of a Mars rover / Markus Motum.
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2018.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations, map ; 28 x 33 cm


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520 MOT Book Junior Collection
520 MOT Book Junior Collection

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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 lovable rover and her mission as something special -- truly a world apart.

Author Notes

Markus Motum studied illustration at the University for the Creative Arts in England, where he rediscovered his love of picture books. Curiosity is his first book for children. Markus Motum lives in Brighton, England.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The Mars rover Curiosity narrates her own story in Motum's handsome and engaging children's book debut, from her construction in a clean lab in California to her multistage launch into space and landing on the red planet: "years of testing were needed to make sure everything would work correctly the first time. After all, if something were to go wrong on Mars, no one could come and fix me." Motum's mixed-media illustrations cleverly recall art popular during the infancy of space travel-muted colors and spare, geometric patterns compose often-diagrammatic illustrations. One close-up details the rover's many parts: "Just like you, I have a shoulder, elbow, and wrist." With one of its cameras resembling a large eye, Curiosity appears lifelike, almost E.T.-esque, in keeping with the first-person narrative. The book's large trim size and expansive scenes work in tandem to evoke the vastness of star-filled skies and reddish Martian landscapes. Originally published in the U.K., this accessible look at interplanetary exploration will appeal to a broad range of young space enthusiasts. A glossary and timeline of Mars missions is included. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

The Mars rover Curiosity narrates this informative and handsome nonfiction picture book covering every aspect of its development, testing, launch, and exploration of the red planet. Mixed-media illustrations have a retro feel, but the book's information is forward-looking. An especially striking vertical spread depicts the Atlas V rocket launch, which started Curiosity on its journey; captioned illustrations add extensive details throughout. Timeline. Glos. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.