The Big Beyond: The Story of Space Travel

The Big Beyond: The Story of Space Travel

By Author / Illustrator

Aaron Cushley, James Carter



Age range(s)



Little Tiger Press Group








  • Once upon a rocket

  • a countdown has begun,

  • from 10, 9, 8

  • to 7 and 6

  • to 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Get ready for blast-off with this fast-paced poem that's all about space travel. From the early humans who dreamt of wings to the Moon landing, and from spacecraft exploring Mars to the future beyond... Climb on board for an adventure into outer space!



The Big Beyond is an enjoyable picture book which provides a great introduction into the history of space exploration for young children. It is a beautiful book, full of informative and interesting facts about space missions, the moon landing and rocket travel. What makes this book special is the way in which the information is conveyed. It is written in a beautiful, poetic, rhythmic style that children will find appealing. Children will enjoy the usage of rhyme in the text. Aaron Cushley's illustrations are bold and attractive. I love the attention to detail in the International Space station picture, along with the mixture of handwritten and typed fonts. Key space-related vocabulary is presented in a larger, handwritten font which provides a useful discussion point when sharing the book with a child. This book would be perfect to use in a KS1 classroom with children aged 5-7 years. The questions at the beginning of the book would be an excellent starting point to a space themed topic and the acrostic at the back of the book would be a brilliant example/prompt for young children's writing. 24 Pages / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Leia Sands, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


The Big Beyond is a beautiful piece of poetry, telling the story of space travel and helping young children learn about the unknown. Starting with the questions we asked for years, through the Galileo, the first moon landing and now everything we send to space to find out more! The way in which the book has been put together allows children to access such a large topic on a simple and easier scale. The poem is beautifully written with accompanying illustrations from Aaron Cushley. The book is informative and allows children to think and question as well as being drawn in by the beautiful language used by Carter. This piece of informative poetry would be fantastic to use within a Space topic in the classroom or just for cosmic-curious children who love space or want to be an astronaut. 24 Pages / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Lauren Maidman, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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