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Free e-book of the week: Mini Astronaut’s Handbook – Usborne Series

About This Series

“Free e-book of the week” combines two of my favorite things – Books and Free 😉 This is my way of nudging the hibernating (ahem! to be honest, almost on the verge of a coma) bookworm in me (and hopefully in many other parents out there like me) out of slumber and back into the reading habit. Through this series, I hope to introduce good e-books and authors to FertileBrains Readers and in the process re-ignite my and others love for books. I will be talking mostly about children’s books and parenting books in this series but may digress from time to time to include any other interesting reads I may encounter on the way.

The Usborne Mini Astronaut’s Handbook

Last week, I reviewed the children’s beginning reader book (Level 1) called “Earth Day” written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by Mike Gordon available at FunBrain Junior website. Today I am very excited to have discovered this Mini Astronaut’s Handbook from Usborne Publishing for my astronomy-obsessed son. Written by Louie Stowell and Jonathan Melmoth and illustrated by Roger Simo, this fun mini-guide talks in kid-friendly words about how exactly to become an astronaut and the rigors that this profession requires.

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About The Book


This book was published in association with the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency, and describes in a fun, child-friendly way how to become an astronaut, what kind of training is needed as a prerequisite for the profession, how do astronauts travel to space and finally what do they do when they are up there. This free ebook is the mini-version of The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook. With a foreword from ESA astronaut Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to embark on a mission to the International Space Station, this highly illustrated e-book is a great find for children who love all things astronomy.


  • This may be a miniature version of the detailed handbook, but surprisingly every single page in the book is filled with enormous amount of information, without making the book boring and dull.
  • The book mentions the right age for reading it as 9-12 years, but overall the explanations are quite easy to understand even before that. Though some people would argue that it is a little too technical for smaller kids (and I will be inclined to agree partially), my 4.5-year-old loves it! He may not understand all of the terms yet but he has recently developed the awareness that he is a “grown-up” and so refuses to read any fiction books (most of the times). And this one is just the right fit for his current interest category.
  • The illustrations are interesting and fun and can lead to many discussions with your little ones and are able to hold their attention for long. They are equally crucial to tying up all the bits and pieces together.
  • Being a much smaller version of the original handbook, it may seem quite short (43 pages total from beginning to end), but I am glad it is short. Because reading it over and over again aloud to my son doesn’t give me a sore throat who is, right now, in love with it!
  • There is a small overlapping of words in the “Space Cadet Training” page (Location 8) in the e-book which sort of makes you wonder about the final review of the e-book, but this is definitely not a deal breaker (It’s just a single line and you can quite easily read all of the overlapping text).
  • Having read this mini-guide, I can’t wait to get my hands on the original handbook and share it with Sonny. This is definitely a must-have for all aspiring mini-astronauts out there.
  • My favorite quote of the book is: “What’s the quickest way to get into space? Doing your maths homework!” This is a sure way to motivate your little ones to work hard at their studies 😉

About Usborne Publishing

Usborne is the biggest and most successful independent children’s book publisher in the UK. With around 2,000 titles in print and publishing almost every type of children’s book for every age group (From baby books to young adult novels), Usborne has some of the most exciting collection of children’s books I have seen recently. In 2015, Usborne won the UK Private Business of the Year Award and, in February 2014, was named Independent Publisher of the Year and Independent Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Independent Publishers Guild awards. I am quite excited to find their vast array of space books and I can’t wait to share this treasure trove with my son, who would surely appreciate it!

Disclaimer: The book showcased in this series is available for free at the time of publishing this post. However, FertileBrains has no control over when the book’s value changes or when this book is pulled out of circulation. It is solely the discretion and ownership of the showcased book’s author/publisher.


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