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Children's Nonfiction Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science

Space Adventurer's Guide, The

Your Passport to the Coolest Things to See and Do in the Universe

by (author) Peter McMahon

illustrated by Josh Holinaty

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
May 2018
Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science, Travel, Aviation
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 7
Recommended Reading age
8 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2018
    List Price

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It's not just astronauts who get to travel into space anymore. Forward-thinking entrepreneurs have now made space flight a reality for adventure-seekers of all kinds. And just in time, here's a travel guide for kids to plan their own out-of-this-world journeys. Eight potential space vacations are described, one per chapter, complete with information about pre-trip preparations (like training to withstand extreme g-forces), accommodations and dining (hot dogs in zero gravity, anyone?), awesome activities (how about a real moon walk?) and so much more. The trips range from orbiting Earth (available now), to voyaging through Saturn's rings, which may be possible within the next few decades. Featuring the coolest things to see and do in the universe, these space vacations are not to be missed!

Award-winning science journalist Peter McMahon has come up with an intriguing concept sure to pique a young reader's interest in all things outer space. Based on the latest science and featuring first-person accounts from experts in the field, this book is chock-full of opportunities for science and technology lessons. With kid-sized bursts of text (including loads of amazing, and sometimes icky, facts), fascinating photographs of everyday life on actual space flights, as well as fun-filled illustrations from Josh Holinaty, this hugely appealing book is also one that children will gladly pick up on their own --- and devour. A glossary and index are included.

About the authors

Peter McMahon is an online science journalist who has written for the Toronto Star, CTV and Peter also runs a consulting company that offers training and planning for children's science programming. He is the author of Ultimate Trains. Peter lives in Port Hope, Ontario.

Peter McMahon's profile page


Josh Holinaty détient un diplôme du Alberta College of Art & Design. Il a illustré de nombreux livres et ses illustrations ont été publiées entre autres dans Wired, The New York Times et The Walrus. Josh a grandi en Alberta avec ses frères et soeurs qui essayaient toujours de lui prendre ses croustilles. Maintenant, il vit à Toronto, en Ontario, où il peut [enfin] manger ses croustilles en paix.


Josh Holinaty graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design and has created illustrations for clients such as The New York Times, Wired, and The Walrus. Josh is also the illustrator of A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars and It's Catching. Originally from Alberta, he now lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Josh Holinaty's profile page


  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award, BC Young Reader's Choice Awards
  • Winner, Red Maple Nonfiction Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Lane Anderson Award, Fitzhenry Family Foundation
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

... this thoughtfully designed, browser-friendly, fantastically entertaining look at the future of space travel will have science-mad kids utterly enthralled.

Booklist, starred review

With a new era of commercial space flight in the offing, here's a timely guide for young prospective travelers headed to choice astro-destinations.

Kirkus Reviews

With up-to-date information and captivating photographs and illustrations, this would be a welcome addition to school libraries.

School Library Journal

... the conversational tone, sleek design, and inclusive approach make this volume an appealing choice for both recreational and research reading.

School Library Connection

... the book's overall excitement is infectious and backed up with lots of real science.

Quill & Quire

... The Space Adventurer's Guide will ignite the imagination and passion of future explorers.

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Other titles by Peter McMahon

Other titles by Josh Holinaty