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You Wouldn't Want to Be on Apollo 13!: A Mission You'd Rather Not Go on (You Wouldn't Want to...)

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This delightful series brings something unusual to the study of history: humor. You Wouldn't Want to... revels in the darker side of life in ancient times. The reader is on center stage as he or she gets a tour through life as a slave, warrior, explorer -- even a mummy! Hilarious illustrations, captions, and sidebars leave no doubt that you simply wouldn't want to be there ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Children's Press(CT)
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J-Lynn
May 04, 2010 J-Lynn rated it really liked it
The first half of this book focuses on space flight in general--talking about things like how to pee in space, dried food, flight prep, etc. Only the last few pages talk about the Apollo 13 crisis and it includes all of the big details like the explosion, needing to fit a square tube in a round hole, losing contact with mission control, etc. Each two page spread has a new topic and is FULL of information. This book is definitely for the experienced reader or a read aloud for a child with a long ...more
Matt Smith
Nov 28, 2011 Matt Smith rated it liked it
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The book starts out by putting you in the shoes of the astronaut on Apollo 13. I thought this was a very clever way to start the book because most every kid grows up wanting to be an astronaut so this is something they have thought about or seen themselves doing. I liked this book because it really explained most of the detaisl about what it takes to get ready for a mission. It talks about it in a way that kids can understand. The author talks about the training, the spacecraft, la
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Katrina Cole
I loved the first person perspective of this book. Fun illustration keep the reader engaged and provide an insider's view of what it was like for the crew of Apollo 13. From preflight preparation to in-flight disasters, this book provides a ton of information at just the right level for elementary students. Even as an adult, I was able to learn something new from this book.
Dolly
Apr 29, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We've read many of the books in the You Wouldn't Want To... series. I like that they tackle serious historical events and show the not-so-nice side of human behavior, but in a somewhat humorous and tongue-in-cheek way. The book puts you as the reader into the center of the story, so you can imagine what life in those times was like.

The book explains the space program, preparations for going into space, and the first attempts to reach the moon. The story describes the mission that was almost a tr
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Penny
May 02, 2014 Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My kids love this series. As always, it's full about interesting facts about the Apollo 13 mission. My kids were fascinated by it. It's a great way to open the door for further study.
Carmine
Jun 01, 2012 Carmine rated it liked it
Basic explanation of early US space exploration and the Apollo 13 near disaster with a smattering of humorous factiods and illustrations. A high-interest non-fiction read to appeal to 2-5th graders (or even younger- it held my 4 year old's attention. She was most interested in how rockets work.)

Wow fact that I didn't know: a 1970 space suit cost 1.5 million dollars to make. (no note on whether this was in 1970s dollars or current value, but it was staggering all the same.) I would love to have m
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Mrs. Carey
Aug 02, 2015 Mrs. Carey rated it liked it
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I found myself comparing this book to the events in the movie, Apollo 13.
Julie Jacoway
Jan 22, 2016 Julie Jacoway rated it it was amazing
I LOVE these books.
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The first half of this book focuses on space flight in general--talking about things like how to pee in space, dried food, flight prep, etc. Only the last few pages talk about the Apollo 13 crisis and it includes all of the big details like the explosion, needing to fit a square tube in a round hole, losing contact with mission control, etc. Each two page spread has a new topic and is FULL of information. This book is definitely for the experienced reader or a read aloud for a child with a long ...more
Duane
Jan 21, 2009 Duane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a enjoyable book for anyone wanting to know the short version of the historical event known as Apollo 13. Filled with great illustrations, this book covers the entire history in a quick read. I do wish it focused a little more on the actual event that brought on the malfunction, but I guess it wanted to keep the book moving so it doesn't stay on one area too much. A nice resource for any library.
Alice
Dec 17, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it
This is a GREAT Junior Non-Fiction. I know a lot about the story, but I learned even more from this book. It makes things clear to kids, it is told in humorous ways (Like don't fall over on the moon in your space suit and you will probably stink when you are rescued from your space capsule) Very well done and it didn't take forever to read. I want to read more in this series!
Sandy
Sep 08, 2015 Sandy rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. So much information and put in a way that makes history fun to read about. The illustrations were great. You think you know the stories behind the event but there is so much more to learn. And there are so many subjects to choose from. A great series.
Lisa
Jul 23, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
My 9 year old son, who does not like to read, really enjoyed this book.
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I like the humor in history it gives
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After working as an in-house journalist and editor in consumer electronics magazines, Ian Graham became a freelance writer. He has written more than 230 illustrated non-fiction books for children and teens, and contributed chapters to books including Dorling Kindersley’s Know it All and Big Ideas that Changed the World. He has a degree in applied physics and a postgraduate diploma in journalism.
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