Author(s): Shelly Unwin
Are you ready to explore? 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 . . . Rocket through the solar system in this funny, fact-filled whirl around the planets. Join two junior astronauts as they discover what makes each planet unique and what might happen if you were to get too close. 'You couldn't land on Mercury - the heat would burn your bum!' Written in rollicking verse and beautifully illustrated, Blast Off! is an enticing mix of narrative and information. The story is perfectly pitched for preschool and early primary school children who are brimming with curiosity about the world around them, while bonus fact pages add a little extra depth for children (and adults) who want to know more.
SShelly Unwin is an exciting new children's author. She grew up in England's Peak District and studied teaching and biology at university in Birmingham. Shelly now lives in Sydney with her husband and children. Shelly's first children's book series is being published in 2017 and Blast Off is her first book with Penguin Random House Australia.
Sydney illustrator Ben Wood has been illustrating children's books and products for over a decade. He has worked with many of Australian publishers and authors, including the likes of Margaret Wild, and loves the challenge of interpreting an author's words into images. Growing up in country Victoria has influenced Ben in his work, as animals and nature are some of his favourite things to draw. When he isn't in his home studio, Ben visits schools to teach students about illustrating stories.