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. Volume XXIII Number . . . .February 17, 2017
This nonfiction text on bodily functions in space answers some of the most common questions kids have about the daily life of an astronaut. Written by Canadian astronaut Dr. Dave Williams and Loredana Cunti, the information is presented in a few paragraphs per page with large graphics. Although it deals with going to the bathroom, burping, and farting in space, it does so with a minimum of toilet humour. The text is approachable and clear. Most pages have a few boxes of text set on an illustrated background accompanied by humorous cartoons and one or two relevant photographs. Although there are images of Dr. Williams throughout the book taken during spaceflights, the text does not use personal anecdotes or first person narration.
As a nonfiction text, some textual features are missing that would have improved the clarity and readability. For instance, keywords are not bolded, and there is no glossary. There is a detailed table of contents and good use of subtitles throughout the book. The text also provides a list for further reading, online resources, and an index.
To Burp or Not to Burp will draw in readers with its provocative subject matter and end up teaching them practical information about the effects of gravity on the human body and life in space. This book would be a great resource for students to think critically about life in space.
Beth Wilcox Chng, a teacher-librarian in Prince George, BC, is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Childrenís Literature program at the University of British Columbia.
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