“Wherever you are in the world right now, I’m a very long way away. I’m not even on the same planet as you. I’m a Mars rover,” and, “This is my story.” It’s natural to be curious. Humans have wondered about our world and its place in the universe from the very beginning. The spirit of enquiry within our children is bright and eager. Questions they may have, that we may have, about Mars, the red planet, curiosity will help us find answers—our own curiosity and Curiosity the Mars rover.
The information shared in this book is detailed but not overwhelming. Mind-blowing but not mind-boggling. Curiosity speaks directly to the reader, and we’ve become quite fond of her, especially since we can continue to follow her exploration of Mars on Twitter, @MarsCuriosity.
Kids have a behind the scenes look into the build-up, planning and execution of NASA’s latest mission to explore the surface of Mars. They can discover exactly what this clever robot can do and how her findings can help answer questions such as “What was the Mars environment like long ago? How suitable was it for life? Did we once have neighbours on Mars? Answers that will most likely lead to more questions, but as long as curiosity exists, answers will always be found.
Motum’s illustrations are modern, geometric. Simple yet sophisticated. The deep, rich hues of reds and blues compliment one another beautifully, and the characterisation of Curiosity reminded my children of another beloved robot, WALL-E.