Here’s a selection of my books for younger readers…
Night Sky (Discover More)
Scholastic, May 2012
We all star-gaze. On a cloudless night we wonder about the extraordinary myriad of bright lights in the sky. But do we really understand what we are looking at? From earliest times, people have been intrigued by the night sky. Over the centuries they have developed ever-more ingenious devices, from binoculars to powerful telescopes to spacecraft powered by the Sun’s rays. With these, they have explored everything we can see, from our Moon to the most hard-to-reach areas of space. Using specially devised star charts, this book helps readers identify particular constellations, recognize the difference between a star and a planet, and understand why the entire sky appears to spin. They will discover how stars are born and die, what nebulae are, and how comets and asteroids are formed. This book is packed with the latest stunning images of our Universe and is a must-have for all young, aspiring astronomers. Hang onto your seats for this informative, stellar tour of our amazing Universe!
Field Guide to Fantastic Creatures
Quercus, January 2010
This fascinating field guide surveys the globe in search of mysterious animals in remote corners of the world, and reveals the truth behind the creatures of myth and legend that have been passed down from generation to generation. Prepare to meet Biblical beasts such as Behemoth and Leviathan, and Mediterranean monsters like the ferocious Minotaur, and Medusa with her deadly stare. In northern Europe you will encounter the famous western dragon and its close relative the wyvern, as well mischievous fairies, gremlins and pixies and, of course, the Loch Ness Monster. Investigate the evidence for sightings of Bigfoot and giant serpents in the Americas; track the mysterious Kongamoto and Ennedi tiger in Africa and do your best to not to disturb the lethal Mongolian death worm or the reclusive Yeti in Asia and beyond.
Packed with spectacular computer-generated images, the very latest research and theories about each animal, and distribution maps, tracker tips and advice on how to protect yourself from these fearsome beasts, the pages of this book reveal the world of fabulous creatures and monsters as you have never seen them before.
Voyage Across the Cosmos
A Journey to the Edge of Space and Time
Quercus, October 2008
Join us on the most amazing voyage imaginable: travel over 13.7-billion light years and experience the awesome sights, spectacles and breathtaking scale of the cosmos. Along the way you will visit planets, moons, asteroids, stars, nebulae, white dwarfs, black holes, dark matter and other phenomena that populate the heavens. Data streams, digital readouts and unique graphic interfaces, such as ‘Image Enhance’, ‘Atmosphere Analysis’ and ‘Surface Detail’ provide intrepid cosmic voyagers with a wealth of facts, information and data about all the celestial bodies they encounter – as well as some of the deadly hazards that lurk in outer space and how to avoid them. Printed in dramatic over-sized format and packed with more than 300 of science’s most spectacular photographs, Across the Cosmos is quite simply the biggest, best and most exciting children’s space book ever published. Voyage Across the Cosmos is specifically designed and written for children aged 7+ years.
Dorling Kindersley, September 2008
Following on the heels of the breakaway hit Alive!, Cosmic! illuminates the cosmic world with spectacular imagery and up-to-the-minute information. Learn about the creation of a galaxy, the expansion of the universe, formidable black holes, and more in this accessible and fun format. Pop-ups, flaps, gatefolds, and a glowing meteor shower bring to life the celestial wonders that have fascinated mankind for centuries.
The Way the Universe Works
Dorling Kindersley, December 2002
Co-written with Robin Kerrod and Jacqueline Mitton
From particles to supernovas and black holes, this book lifts the lid on space science, giving you the chance to explore key theories about the Universe. Whether you want to know what spring is like on Mars, how stars are made, or what shape the Universe is, this book explains the science using clear, accessible language and images, including photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope. You can explore and test scientific principles in the experiments in each section – from creating a lunar eclipse to testing for microbes on Mars. Authoritative and down-to-earth coverage of astronomy, physics and cosmology means that you can find out why science matters and how it helps to explain the Universe. From atoms and matter to magnetism and electricity, you’ll find great examples of space science in action. You’ll also be able to get involved in demonstrations and practical experiments.