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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
“Why didn’t anyone want to eat at the restaurant on Makemake?” Young readers love a good riddle, but for this one, perhaps it’s a good idea to learn something about a dwarf planet named Makemake. And perhaps one should learn how to pronounce it: “Mahk-ay-Mahk-ay.” And the riddle’s answer: “The food was out of this world, but there was no atmosphere to speak of!” This makes a pun (and fun) of this one dwarf planet's special attributes. There are lots of interesting facts to share about the dwarf planets that spin around the solar system at sometimes alarming speeds. Did you know that Haumea spins “faster than any object in the solar system! It takes Haumea just 3 hours and 54 minutes to rotate all the way around.” On Earth, a full day takes 24 hours, while on Haumea it only takes 3 hours and 54 minutes. Do some math and you’ll learn that on Haumea, the days might be incredibly short, but you would see six sunrises and six sunsets for the equivalent of a full day on Earth. Pretty awesome, don’t you think?
K.J. Field’s nonfiction book, My First Book of Dwarf Planets, is a great Kid’s Guide to the Solar System’s Small Planets. The author leads young readers through the discovery of various dwarf planets, where they’re located, what they look like (including their shape, because not all planets or dwarf planets are round), the atmosphere and so many other fascinating facts. Each page is filled with snapshots of the dwarf planets, key points highlighted, and interactive thinking activities like riddles based on facts. This is a fun and engaging book on dwarf planets that will open the minds of young readers to the fascinating universe beyond our planet.