Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Giant Book of Things in Space (1969)

Zaffo, George J. Illustrated by Zaffo, George J. The Giant Book of Things in Space. Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Co Inc. (152 p.) 32 cm.

You wouldn't know it from this book but we were landing on the moon this year. The Giant Book of Things in Space was the last gasp of totally fanciful space flight books for children. The artist didn't look at any of the recent NASA photos. Instead they relied on what they thought space looked like (probably from the books they saw in the 1950s). Space stations were circular, we had an observatory on the moon, and any child could put on a space suit and go exploring. A beautiful but odd book.

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