Whether you know a lot or a little about our solar system, this new title is sure to send you into an orbit of adventure and learning. Author Dr. Bethany Ehlmann changes into her alter superhero disguise, Dr. E, to present fascinating facts and journeys about the world beyond. Each of the ten chapters begin with a paneled cartoon where Dr. E and her six-wheel sidekick, Rover, prepare readers for what lies ahead.

Each of the chapter titles also give a hint of the content:

  1. Our Cosmic Neighbors
  2. Dwarf Planets, Meteors, Asteroids, and Comets
  3. Planets
  4. Frozen Worlds
  5. Erosion and Weathering
  6. Volcano Worlds
  7. Let’s Explore
  8. Craters
  9. Climate and the Importance of Water
  10. Only the Beginning

The facts will astound you, like…

  • We think of the sun as being huge, but it’s really just a medium-size star!
  • Neptune has winds stronger than 1200 miles an hour!
  • Olympus Mons, a volcano on Mars is more than three times the size of Mount Everest!

I’m barely scratching the surface as to what you will discover by reading the subtopics in each chapter. I also loved two other features: Real Scientist profiles are scattered throughout giving young readers a reason to say “I want to do that.” There are also frequent ‘Try This’ sections, taking you through how to set up simple experiments, giving a hands-on component kids will enjoy (Okay, I did too).

Perfect for research or to enjoy in your spare time. Dr. E delivers a well balanced and entertaining ride into the solar system.

For more information and to order your own copy, head on over to the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STORE.


Coming up next week is another MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY.

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count–but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you’re featuring and a link to your blog at gpcolo (at) gmail (dot) com

 (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and please don’t forget to say what book you’re featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the next day.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome tradition begun by Shannon Messenger and for spreading the middle grade love!

*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.



About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...always striving to reach the next peak in my life and career.
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  1. I love the super hero look to encourage kids to become engaged in science. Looks like an interesting read full of facts.

  2. Denise V. says:

    Yes, I must have this book. Thanks for telling us about it.

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