Or, Brian Greene Writes a Kid’s Book…

This is a very odd book. It’s printed on boards, like a book for very small children, but the story is a bit beyond what I would imagine reading to a normal kid of the age to want books of that format. It’s too short and simple, though, to have much appeal to significantly older children, aside from the fact that the story is written over the top of 15 absolutely gorgeous reproductions of pictures of astronomical objects.

This is probably one of those objects whose cool appearance is the only real reason for the thing to exist. The pictures really are spectacular, and make it worth a look even if the story isn’t all that special. Then again, I say that as a jaded lifelong SF reader and scientist– to a young reader with less exposure to these ideas, it might very well be a mind-blowing experience.

We’ll see what SteelyKid thinks in a few years.


  1. #1 Jonathan Vos Post
    January 13, 2009

    Have I mentioned that Lisa Randall and Brian Greene were in the same home-room class at Stuyvesant High School? They are both Physics professors with bestselling nonfiction books. Now he writes a kid’s book, and she’s writing the libretto of an opera.

  2. #2 dr. dave
    January 13, 2009

    I daresay the only reason for this object to exist is to make another pile of money for Brian Greene on the backs of yuppie PBS-watching parents who think they know something about string theory after having watched “The Elegant Universe”.

    (Sorry, I kind of actively dislike that guy.)

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