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Children's Nonfiction Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science

To Burp or Not to Burp

A Guide to Your Body in Space

by (author) Dave Williams & Loredana Cunti

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2016
Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science, Aviation, General
Recommended Age
7 to 10
Recommended Grade
2 to 5
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2016
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  • Paperback / softback

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    Oct 2016
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  • eBook

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    Oct 2016
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An informative and humorous look at what happens to your body in space – by someone who has been there.

Of all the questions astronauts are asked by kids, the most frequent one is "How do you go to the toilet in space?" This book not only answers that question, but many others about the effect of zero gravity on the human body: How do you brush your hair in space? What happens when you sweat? What does food taste like? The best thing is that the answers are provided by Dr. Dave Williams, a NASA astronaut who speaks from first-hand experience. Written for kids ages 7 to 10, this book uses age-appropriate language to explain the different phenomena that astronauts encounter during a mission. The bright, colorful pages, short blocks of text accompanied by photos and humorous illustrations make this a very attractive choice for young readers. The opening message from Dr. Dave empowers kids to follow his example by believing in themselves and following their dreams.

About the authors

Dr. Dave Williams is an astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, ER doctor, scientist, and CEO. The former Director of Space & Life Sciences at NASA, he has flown to space twice, once on the space shuttle Columbia and once on Endeavor, logging over thirteen million kilometres in space and over seventeen hours of spacewalks. He has lived and worked on the world’s only undersea research habitat and is the recipient of five honourary degrees, the Order of Canada, and the Order of Ontario. Williams lives in Oakville with his wife, Cathy, two kids, Evan and Olivia, and nephew, Theo. Connect with him on Twitter @AstroDaveMD.


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Loredana Cunti specializes in children's entertainment, a former Senior VP of Children's Programming at Universal Pictures and a Cordon Bleu Pastry Chef. Loredana has developed book-based characters for TV including Geronimo Stilton and the Pink Panther. To Burp or Not to Burp is her first book. She lives in Toronto, ON, Canada.

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  • Runner-up, Green Book Festival Award, Runner-Up
  • Long-listed, Information Book Award finalist, Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables
  • Unknown, Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association
  • Nominated, Silver Birch Award nomination, Ontario Library Association
  • Unknown, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Nominated, Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination
  • Short-listed, American Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Prize finalist
  • Short-listed, Book of the Year Award finalist, Foreword Reviews
  • Long-listed, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards nomination
  • Short-listed, Canadian Science Writers’ Association Youth Book Award finalist
  • Nominated, Cybils Blogger’s Award nomination

Editorial Reviews

To Burp or Not to Burp is a must-read for those future space explorers and kids curious about how the human body works in space. —Captain Scott Kelly USN (Ret)Former NASA Astronaut

Captain Scott Kelly USN (Ret), Former NASA Astronaut

“This informative book would be great for the elementary classroom!”

National Science Teachers Association Recommends, 05/05/17

“A fun, educational and quirky book. Kids will love it! 4 stars!”

The Write Path, 05/29/17

“A great resource for students to think critically about life in space.”

CM Magazine, 02/17/17

“Highly entertaining title. Interspersed between the funny and gross parts are scientific facts that will amuse and enlighten.”

Resource Links, 02/01/17

Kids, teachers and parents will love Dr. Dave’s wonderful book. It tells it like it is! —Barbara Morgan (Ret)Former NASA Astronaut

Barbara Morgan (Ret) Former NASA Astronaut

“[A] welcome addition for those interested in a future in space . . . informative.”

Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 08/14/17

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