________________ CM . . . . Volume XXIII Number 38. . . .June 9, 2017


Go For Liftoff! How to Train Like an Astronaut. (Dr. Dave Astronaut).

Dave Williams & Lorenda Cunti. Illustrated by Theo Krynauw.
Toronto, ON: Annick Press, 2017.
50 pp., pbk., hc., epub & pdf, $14.95 (pbk.), $22.95 (hc.).
ISBN 978 1 55451 914-9 (pbk.), ISBN 978 1 55451 915-6 (hc.), ISBN 978 1 55451 916-3 (epub), ISBN 978 1 55451 917-0 (pdf).

Subject Headings:
Astronauts-Training of-Juvenile literature.
Astronautics-Vocational guidance-Juvenile literature.

Review by Beth Wilcox Chng.

Grades 2-5 / Ages 7-10.

**** /4



Do you wish you had a space suit in your closet? Do you dream of traveling in a rocket ship? Can you picture yourself floating high above Earth? News flash: YOU WANT TO BE AN ASTRONAUT.

And really, who wouldn’t? Exploring space is one of the coolest jobs on or off the planet. If you like science, taking on challenges, and learning new and amazing things, keep reading!

Being an astronaut is awesome, but it doesn’t come easy. You’ve got to work to make your dream a reality and that’s exactly where things get interesting. In this book, you’ll learn just what it takes to have a truly out of this world job. So, are you ready to train like an astronaut?


Dr. Dave Williams and Loredana Cunti have continued their “Dr. Dave Astronaut” series with this book on how to train like an astronaut. This is a follow-up to their previous title, To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space. The authors promote a growth mindset among their young readers as they look at various characteristics that will benefit someone who wants to be an astronaut. Interpersonal skills, physical fitness, and education are all considered in ways that are relevant to young readers. The authors also describe the selection and training of astronauts. For instance, many young readers may be surprised to learn that astronauts are instructed in wilderness survival.

      Like the previous book, there is a mix of cute cartoon illustrations by Theo Krynauw and photos of the subject matter. The photos are captioned, and the layout is easy to understand. There is a table of contents, a list for further reading, and an index. The sections are well organized under headings and subheadings.

     Go for Liftoff! makes good use of Dr. Dave’s experience as an astronaut and provides children with interesting information about what qualities are important in the field. The examination of various traits that are necessary in becoming an astronaut, such as an emphasis on resilience and welcoming differences, lends this book to lessons in character education. Readers will enjoy the sections wherein Dr. Dave provides a firsthand account of his own experiences in becoming an astronaut, accounts that are a great supplement to the rest of the information text.

Highly Recommended.

Beth Wilcox Chng is a teacher librarian in Prince George, BC. She is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature program at the University of British Columbia.

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