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Second paragraph of third chapter of George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt:
'Don't worry!' said George's dad. 'I'll keep an eye on the house for you. Might tidy up the garden a bit.' He gave Eric a firm handshake, which made the scientist turn rather pale and rub his hand afterwards.
Second paragraph of third chapter of George and the Big Bang:
The two friends stared blankly at him.
These books follow on from George's Secret Key to the Universe; they too are almost entirely by Lucy Hawking, with a few inserted pieces on science by her father Stephen Hawking and various other well-known scientists. To be honest I wasn't all that impressed with the stories, which in both cases take George and friends by convenient plot device to a number of educational settings to have adventures; Annie, the kick-ass heroine of the first book, gets rather sidelined here for other young male characters, and the means and motivation of the bad guys are not very clear or consistent. But the illustrations by Garry Parsons are jolly, and both books have a lot of beautiful astronomical photographs which are almost worth the price themselves.

George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt made it to the top of my pile of unread books acquired in 2009, and next in that list is The Secret History of Science Fiction, ed. James Patrick Kelly. I thought I would read George and the Big Bang while I was at it.
Cosmic Treasure Hunt Big Bang


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Jun. 1st, 2016 08:59 pm (UTC)
We really enjoyed the first two of those. There aren't many books that smallclanger and I have read together since he was 3 or 4 - he got too impatient with being read to if it wasn't Thomas the Tank Engine or Olga da Polga [stories he already knew, basically], and he didn't like reading aloud to me either. But when we got these out of the library I said "oh, I should read those after you" and he suggested we read them together. So we did. In silence, with hand signals for page turning, and earnest discussion afterwards. Pretty good for a 6-7yo. I don't think we ever realised there are more (5 now, I think).

One of my favourite reading memories. :)
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