This is an excellent introduction to the highly complex world of astronomy and space. Succinctly written, clearly and colourfully designed, it makes learning the basics easy and enjoyable.
The book is divided into clear chapters such as 'Our Solar System' (the planets), 'The Stars' and 'Constellations', and none of the subjects lasts more than two pages, so it would be hard to be bored by them. Real photographs taken through telescopes and by space probes, as well as good old cameras, are used alongside excellent illustrations. And if you want to find out more there are suggested internet sites on each page. I think this is a particularly good feature, especially in an age when most children are itching to get on the internet as often as they can.
As the reader reaches the back of the book he/she will probably want to become an amateur astronomer already so will be glad of the information on binoculars, telescopes and star charts. He/she will also be fascinated, not phased, by the range of basic technical information on stars, galaxies, planets, meteor showers and future eclipse dates clearly laid out in small tables. Here, too, basic questions are answered such as 'why do stars twinkle' and 'why do space missions blast off, not take off like planes'. And - just in case any words or phrases confuse - there is a glossary of terms.
All in all an excellent read for budding astronomers, or indeed anyone who doesn't know much about space.