Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space

Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space by Dr. Dominic Walliman,
designed and illustrated by Ben Newman. Flying Eye Books, 2013.

This is an amazing book.

I have wanted to get my hands on this book for months. There was a lovely feature on Brain Droppings back in September. Maria Popova's review, coupled with some other great book recommendations, were enough to have me on board, but the pictures! Gorgeous mid-century-inspired illustrations! Nobrow / Flying Eye Books are behind some of my favorite books of recent years, including the marvelous Hildafolk series. I've come to trust their taste and judgment.

Alas, my library never got this one. I finally got sick of waiting for it, and placed my very first inter-library loan. Thank you, libraries!

The author, Dr. Dominic Walliman, has a PhD in quantum device physics. In other words, he is very qualified to write a children's book about all aspects of space: the universe, the Big Bang, the birth and death of stars, galaxies, constellations, the sun, the solar system, the moon and other satellites, space travel (history, present, and future), rockets, telescopes, the possibility of life on other planets... Yes, all of these things are covered in this book.

All explained to you by a very groovy cat.

What's not to love?

This is the "all things space" book I've been waiting for. Someone is getting this for her birthday this year. Considering how overwhelmed I get when it comes to "Big Questions," it might as well be me. My birthday is next month anyway.



Read the fact above. Mindblowing.










It's all highly readable and engaging, too, especially older elementary-aged kiddos. It's even sold via the Smithsonian website, I noticed.

You can see more photos at Nobrow Press.


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  1. Oh my, this book looks absolutely amazing! I wonder if it's been released here in Australia. My space obsessed son would love this. I'm off to go searching for it now :)

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    1. Hooray, my library has it! Requested it and only 2 more people ahead of me :) Thanks for the recommendation.

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    2. Yay, I'm so glad! I had very high expectations for it, which often means I wind up disappointed. This book met my expectations, however. It has so much information, I know we'd be better off owning it for future reference. ;)

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  2. Impressive! I want that for my birthday too! :)

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  3. Ooohh, really like the look of this. Our library has just changed its whole inter library loan thing, which should mean I can get this one. It looks fantastic and so, so not what I expected when I read the title. Thanks Danzel!

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    1. Awesome! I definitely want a keeper copy now. I was sad at having to return it.

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  4. WHOA. gotta get this one in our hands!! I just got back from being out of town. This is flat out AMAZING! and my mind is blown about that big bang radio wave thing.

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    1. Seriously, right?! I love this book. I wish I still had it for our little camping trip in a couple of weeks. We plan on bringing the telescope.

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  5. my library has it! i'm first in line! woohoo!

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    1. Skipping the library and getting it, it looks so gorgeous! (got here via Julia's Bookbag)

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    2. Yay! Happy to spread the word about great books!

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  6. This is an amazingly cool book! Reminds me of the 1950's/1960's style books. It takes me back to Pacific Ocean Park days in Santa Monica for some reason, and Dave Clark doing American Band Stand. The Sputnik days, with monkeys in the rockets sent into space.
    Thanks for sharing this fabulous book.
    Teresa in California
    http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/
    And please come on over to my blog for the Mad Tea Party with A Fanciful Twist as I am participating!

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    1. Exactly! It would look great on a shelf next to some futuristic midcentury picture books, right?

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  7. Oh! I guess you already did come to my blog for the party! I adore the name of your blog! My brother, who is artist, Troy Howell who is the author of 'The Dragon of Cripple Creek' anyway, he had thought of opening a magical, whimsical shop (years ago) and the name of the shop was going to be 'Walrus Whiskers and Rabbit Ears'. So, I can totally relate to the name of your blog. It's awesome!
    Teresa
    http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

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    1. I love Mad Tea Party time! I try to visit everybody's as the links appear. :)

      Alice and Oz... Among my very favorites, obviously.

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