StarTalk Young Readers Edition

By Neil deGrasse Tyson

62 ratings - 4.16* vote

Now abridged for YA audiences, this beautifully illustrated companion to celebrated scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson's popular podcast and National Geographic Channel TV show is an eye-opening journey for anyone curious about the complexities of our universe.For decades, beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has interpreted science with a combination of brainpower and ch Now abridged for YA audiences, this beautifully illustrated companion to celebrated scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson's

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Book details

Paperback, 224 pages
March 20th 2018 by National Geographic Kids
1426330871 (ISBN13: 9781426330872)

Community Reviews

Alex Baugh

Neil deGrasse Tyson is my newest hero. He's knowledgeable, he's got a great sense of humor, and he knows exactly how to get people, including kids, interested in the universe. This young readers edition of Startalk is based on deGrasse Tyson's popular podcast and TV show on the National Geographic channel. The book is divided into four sections: Space, Planet Earth, Being Human, and Futures Imagined. The topics covered in each section aren't in-depth studies, but rather small information bytes that are designed to whet the readers appetite for seeking out more information about what interests them. If your young readers has ever wondered what to pack for a visit to mars, where storms come from, where creativity come from, or most important of all, could Superman survive a black hole, this is the book that will answer these questions for them. I love the way deGrasse Tyson mixes real science with science fiction and pop culture. One of my favorite information bytes: I used to love watching Star Trek reruns, but I never knew that Nichelle Nichols who played Lieutenant Uhura helped to diversify NASA, did you? There are plenty of illustrations and glorious photographs to support the information here. My only complaint is that the intro to each chapter is a very light gray on white paper and hard to read, even for my kids. And I should mention that in the Being Human section there is a two page spread that features chef Anthony Boudain, whom your readers may know about from recent news reports. This didn't take away from the books enjoyment for my readers, one of whom was so taken with this book he asked to borrow it and I think he may have appropriated it. If that isn't an endorsement, I don't know what is. I think I'll just give it to him - better read and loved than sitting on a shelf.

Vera Godley

This is one of those books that has a lot of information geared for the young mind of a seeking child who will glean so much information that will not only pique his interest but will also enrich his understanding and grasp of a variety of topics related to space, the universe, and other related topics including humanity.

There is not a lot of deep science in this book but enough to capture the young readers attention for browsing or more in depth reading.

The book presents in four segments: 1) Space, 2) Planet Earth, 3) Being Human, and 4) Futures Imagined. The information is provided in bites and snippets, side bars and illustrations ranging from simple drawings to actual photographs.

The text is intended for the young reader, though not necessarily first or second graders. Place it on the coffee table or other place that is readily available for when moments to snatch a quick read present themselves. This is not something that the average child will read cover to cover but will grab for those moments when they just need a book in their hands to fill the time. And what better way to fill the time than that of a "mind-fill-up"?

I see one drawback. The text on some of the pages is printed in a light grey on white background and this can be tiring to read. Future printings might consider an ink change. Otherwise, a good book to look for in the library or to purchase for that young reader in your life.

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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of National Geographic to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own, alone and are freely given.

Mrs Mommy Booknerd

This book is one of the BEST I have seen! It is awesome how it is laid out!!! It is like a vision sensation! There is so much to look at and read! I am sure that you could read this over and over and over and learn something new. Here is a fun tidbit: The largest black hole that could have evaporated since the big bang would have to have been smaller than an atomic nucleus. Learn about this and so many more awesome and fascinating facts in this book! It is jam packed with things that I find fun, interesting and oh so interesting! My kids are going to love this book so much too over the summer. The sky is truly the limit in this book that contains everything you will need or want to know about space, the universe and so much more!!!

Kristi Bernard

Could you be stuck up in a space capsule for three years just to walk on Mars? Have you ever wondered where comets come from? Are you curious about how the earth and the sun were formed? Once inside this fascinating guide, all of your questions will be answered.

If you don’t know who Neil deGrasse Tyson is, you might be living in a cave with no television or radio. Startalk Radio first hit the airwaves in 2007 with Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sharing his love and enthusiasm for all things in the world of science. Startalk has been pegged a fun show with open discussion of pop culture pertaining to science. But anymore, with its over a million fans, Startalk is now on the internet and the National Geographic channel.

How do earthquakes and melting glaciers change earth’s rotation? In December of 2004 an earthquake in the Indian Ocean, the third strongest ever recorded, shortened the day by two microseconds. Melting glaciers have increased the day by creating higher sea levels that lengthen the day by a thousandth of a second since 1900. If we screw earth up, can we go to another planet? According to Tyson, it would be easier and require less energy to fix our world than for all of us to travel to another one. Can salt really kill you? Yes, if you ate several cups in one sitting it can cause seizures then death.

This amazing guide covers topics such as food, science, space, zombies, the physics of super heroes, planets, pollution and more. This book is for anyone interested in learning about the world and can absolutely use their imagination. Startalk is broken up into for sections covering Space, Planet Earth, Being Human and Futures Imagined. Each page is host to introductions, fun facts along with fantastic photos and imagery. Families, parents and teachers can use this guide to open discussions and become experts in all the science that makes our world and universe go around.


*I was kindly sent this book for review by Media Masters Publicity. As always, all opinions are my own.*

What's it about? Startalk is an awesome coffee table type book that encourages readers, young and old, to explore topics in science with Neil deGrasse Tyson. With the help of pictures and easily accessible material, Startalk helps readers to learn and to enjoy learning about our world around us.

My thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The coffee book style was so great to dive in to. I didn't feel pressured to read this book all in one sitting but to read it slowly and to really immerse myself in what I was reading at the time. The pictures and little notes on the sides kept me so interested and I found myself reading everything that was on the page. I feel like this book would be particularly engrossing for a teenager. 13 year old me would have devoured this book and told everyone about! Overall, I am grateful for the opportunity to review this book and will keep it to continue to come back to when I am looking to learn something new.

Kellee Moye

This book is everything you would think a book by Neil deGrasse Tyson named after his National Geographic Channel’s late-night talk show and his podcast. Tyson mixes culture, creativity, and science in a fun and interesting way that will suck in readers of all kinds in.

I loved the structure of the book! The mix of Tyson’s answers to science-based questions, fun facts about the topics, extension activities, and all sorts of other fun text features! And the topics are so interesting! Split into space, planet earth, being human, and futures imagined, the text looks at so many interesting topics including going to Mars, evolution, Superman, and Bigfoot!

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Jonathan Lu

Great coffee table book - lots of fun that combines scientific edutainment with esoteric pop culture knowledge. I normally would not read a book like this cover to cover except that I received it free and love Neil Degrasse Tyson.

Better suited as a reader for those without a scientific background if the intent is to learn about science. For a coffee table book, hard for anyone to find a better option. From interview snippets with Michio Kaku to discussions about the physics of superheroes, you’ll enjoy. I’m going to check out Neil’s other books now.


What book answers questions about zombies, Klingons, time travel, and dinosaur extinctions? This one. A tome with answers that younglings will easily digest about some important scientific issues as well as fun topics such as how to travel near a black hole. Read a page at a time or whole chapters and as Neil deGrasse Tyson says, "Keep looking up."

Two BookWorms Blog

SpaceTalk opens our ideas of space in a very understandable and relatable manner. Readers will understand that Earth is more than a single “big blue marble” hung in space; it is an interconnected part of the whole universe.

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I think they've actually studied Earth and have concluded that there's no intelligent life. What hubris is it to suggest that they would want to visit us in the first place. - Neil DeGrasse Tyson

The world these days is making me fall more in love with science. I mean, I've always loved and believed in science, but now I appreciate it even more. I like Tyson because he makes sense to me. You know, I've never watched his shows or listened to his podcasts, but I've read articles, seen tweets, and I love his guest appearances, so I'm a fan.

I enjoyed this book. I knocked off a star because the question/answer format, as well done as it is, is just not my favorite to read. I did like how everything was separated so clearly. One question per page. Great photos and diagrams. My favorite chapters were at the end. They talked about the science in movies, tv shows, and superheroes. It was a lot of fun.

I'm definitely more interested in his show now that I've read this book.