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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.
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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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