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Paperback Details
  • 07/2021
  • 978-1-0879-4893-5
  • 36 pages
  • $9.99
Ebook Details
  • 07/2021
  • 978-1-0879-4894-2
  • 36 pages
  • $2.99
Tim Baird
Author
Good Night Phobos, Good Night Deimos
Tim Baird, author
A playful & slightly futuristic homage to a classic bedtime story, Good Night Phobos, Good Night Deimos follows the nightly bedtime routine of a young man living and working on a Mars colony. Take a peek around his room and enjoy the wonders of living and working on Mars, a possible scenario which the reader may find him or herself living in a just a few years. Your child will enjoy the wistful décor of the bedroom and marvel at the prospect of someday journeying to another planet to colonize, live, and create their own future. A comical assortment of accessories and a surprise neighbor make their appearance throughout the story to entertain your little one as he or she drifts off to sleep, dreaming of a world beyond our own...
Reviews
This whimsical science fiction picture book parodies the classic Goodnight Moon, following a bedtime routine— this time, of a settler on Mars. Dedicated to the kids on Earth who are “destined to explore beyond our planetary gravity well,” Baird (The Dragon in the Whites) bids good night to some very specific Martian objects: a rover, a tardigrade, a cube of rehydrated meat. With colorful digital illustrations and a cheeky, humorous bent, this book will appeal to aspiring astronauts and their parents alike. Equal parts droll and relaxing, Baird’s scientific riff on an old standby is a nice addition to the nighttime canon.

Despite its early grade length and style, Baird’s language may be too advanced for a young audience. Words like “communicator,” “rehydrated,” “tardigrade,” and “rover” may require some extra explanation, and even the most precocious children (and their parents!) are unlikely to know that a “hab” is an artificial Martian living habitat. But despite (and perhaps because of) the book’s sophistication, Baird also provides a unique educational opportunity for kids interested in space travel. The storyline is simple to follow without being simplistic, and the illustrations provide helpful cartoons of interplanetary settings and items.

Some of the written structure and rhymes in the book are imperfect (for example, iron and Saturn). But the illustrations are colorful, clean, and professional, offering welcome, eye-catching renditions of Martian landscape, many of those complex terms, and the hab’s fascinating interior. The pages without illustration are near blank, which is jarring; if anything, even more emphasis on art would elevate the work. The drawings aren’t always well-integrated into the e-book (some of the landscape style pages are cut off at odd places), but the design on the close-ups is flawless. This is a well-drawn, well-executed, humorous book with a scientific spin, perfect for children interested in space exploration or general STEM.

Takeaway: This update of a beloved bedtime story combines humor, science, and interplanetary travel, perfect for budding astronauts.

Great for fans of: Tony Mitton and Ant Parker’s Roaring Rockets, Clayton Anderson’s Letters from Space.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: A-
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A-

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 07/2021
  • 978-1-0879-4893-5
  • 36 pages
  • $9.99
Ebook Details
  • 07/2021
  • 978-1-0879-4894-2
  • 36 pages
  • $2.99

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