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Friday, April 27, 2012

Review: Machines of the Future: Space Tourism by Peter McMahon

Machines of the Future: Space Tourism by Peter McMahon.

Machines of the Future: Space Tourism by Peter McMahon

Kids Can Press
Publication Date: August 2011
List Price: $16.95
ISBN-13: 9781554533688

Review: Machines of the Future: Space Tourism is written by the stunning non-fiction author, Peter McMahon. Born in an average family, he excelled in science and history class. He was especially interested in space exploration. After graduating with a degree in writing, he wrote his first and only book, Space Tourism. With the help of Andy Mora, a graphic artist born in New York, he researched and found ways how Space Exploration could turn into Space Tourism.

Space, is it the Final Frontier? Or is it the newest tourist attraction? Space Tourism captures the true opinion on tourism in space by the common people. Although going on a space tour seems like an expensive thing to do, Space Tourism tells how it is becoming more available to the public. McMahon uses graphic pictures and directions for experiments (Illustrated and created by Andy Mora) you can do to explain most inventions to come. This includes the space hotel, a secure, large station with a lobby and several rooms. He uses factual information, yet he keeps the text fun and interesting. This includes inventions such as the space runner, a small, single - manned space hovercraft. McMahon also talks about space vacations. You can soon stay at a hotel in space, visit foreign planets with ease, grow your own garden in space, and much more. So in about twenty years, instead of thinking of going to Hawaii, choose a vacation out of this World!

One thing that I liked about this book is its historical section. It tells of things in space that have already been done, so I could further understand the predictions of the future. I also liked how graphic the pictures in Space Tourism were because they helped me further understand what some inventions might look like. One thing that I disliked, however, was the fact that what was predicted would likely happen so far in the future. I will probably not be here when they happen. On a scale from one to ten, I gave this book a nine because it kept me interested and was fun to read.

Review written by Zach (7th grade student).

We would like to thank Raab Associates for providing a copy of Machines of the Future: Space Tourism for this review.

Have you read Machines of the Future: Space Tourism? How would you rate it?

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