Ada and the Galaxies

By Alan Lightman, Olga Pastuchiv

Illustrated by Susanna Chapman

Stargazers rejoice! Renowned physicist Alan Lightman and collaborators, with help from the Hubble telescope, light up the night sky. A dazzling picture book to launch MIT Kids Press.

There is so much for Ada to do while visiting her grandparents on an island in Maine, but no amount of beachcombing and kayaking during the day can take the place of looking at the bright and beautiful stars at night. She can hardly wait for the sun to set, but will a thick fog spoil her stargazing plans? Photographs taken from the Hubble telescope are seamlessly layered with charming illustrations to beautifully bring to life this enchanting story of a curious child and her caring grandfather, who share a love for our incredible night sky and the mysteries it holds.

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 4+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781529505221
  • Published: 03 Mar 2022
  • Price: £12.99
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  • Size: 260 x 250 mm
  • Pages: 40

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'New Yorker Ada, who has brown skin and curly hair, is delighted to arrive at her grandparents’ Maine island house, where clear skies make it possible to view the stars she can’t see in the city. . . . Chapman (Elizabeth Warren’s Big, Bold Plans) has refined a loose-lined wash style that draws power from glowing light sources, creating night skies that glitter and seawater that sparkles.' Publishers Weekly (starred review)

'Young readers will delight in seeing our universe’s interconnectedness, and, later, when Ada’s family dashes outside to spin in starlight, they will recognize the inextricable bonds among loved ones… Astonishing artwork shines.' Kirkus (starred review)

'This sparkling story spins small experiences into something grand. Its family dynamics are layered and loving, and its world is full of wonders. The arresting watercolor illustrations are exquisitely rendered, brimming with detail and warmth. Flora and fauna float in the margins, light glows from nighttime windows, and skies shimmer across full spreads; the universe feels endless on one page and intimate on the next. A joyful and dazzling exploration of our universe, on every scale.' Booklist (starred review)

'luminous artwork' The Bookseller

'an insanely gorgeous and thought-provoking book' Books Up North

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