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Odd Science – Spectacular Space

James Olstein

Pavilion Children's


ISBN: 9781843654032

Price: £ 9.99

Publication date: 2 May 2019

Category: Non-Fiction

Due to the lack of gravity it’s impossible for someone to cry in space.

The largest photo ever taken was by NASA at 1.5 billion pixels.

Odd Science: Spectacular Space is filled with weird and wacky facts that you’ve never heard before. Read about the first flower grown in space, wonder at the tallest mountain in the solar system and tell your friends that Saturn could float in water!

There are facts about tortoises orbiting the moon, facts about Martian rocks here on Earth and facts about lightening bolts one and a half times as long as our galaxy!

James Olstein beautifully illustrates these odd facts in a retro-inspired, quirky style. His designs aren’t meant to be taken literally, but you’ll laugh-out-load when you see Einstein surfing on a gravitational wave and pizza floating through space!

Prepare to laugh, marvel and learn.


James Olstein is an illustrator living in Philadelphia. He has illustrated for the BBC, Bob’s Burgers, Monocle Magazine, Mental Floss, Scientific America, Sierra Magazine, economia, the Boston Globe and the National Constitution Centre. He has displayed his work at Spoke Gallery NYC, Galleries 1988 and Philadelphia Independents.

He runs a successful blog called Illustrated Science, that has been featured in The Verge and Geekadelphia.



‘Stock up on weird and wild space facts with this wonderful compilation.’

‘Brimming with weird and wacky facts that will intrigue and engage children’

"Another brilliant addition to the "Odd Science" series, with a ton of amazing space facts presented in a really engaging way.'

'I love this quirky series of books packed full of little known and fascinating facts … Proof that good things come in small packages, there all sorts of factual tidbits guaranteed to delight … Olstein’s retro illustrations add plenty of humour if not scientific accuracy to the text – great for children and adults of all ages.'

‘The perfect book to foster an early interest in space and physics.’

‘Engrossing … the appeal of the book is enhanced by James Olstein’s gloriously quirky illustrations with their retro feel, which will really make you chuckle… It’s a fun approach to science which presents a great deal of information in a memorable form.’

'The third book in this exciting and imaginative series … Another amazing picture book full of facts, wonders and some of the most in incredible aspects of science … Prepare to laugh, marvel and learn as you discover that science can be fun, funny and fascinating!’