Scholastic Space Out

Kind of a black hole for your wallet

I was certainly predisposed to like the new series of books bundled with experiments and toys from Scholastic (in partnership with Office Depot), but this has been a classic case of the product not meeting the expectations set by the box (which touts that the set contains a "buildable telescope, Space Out! book" and more).  The slim 32 page "book" doesn't even have written information about how the telescope works, and only a pictograph of how to assemble it.  Compare it, for example to Scholastic's own Space: The Definitive Visual Catalogue which weighs in at over 200 pages for $15.  Also, the book is already out of date: in the section on eclipses, for instance, it says the next two dates (and only ones mentioned) are in the past!  It is sad to say that this pamphlet, which seems focused on design pizzaz rather than presenting a lot of information, is significantly better than the cardboard tube "telescope" included in the box.  There are also glow in the dark stars included in the set and a star chart.  The idea of a bundle of space related products was not a bad one, but the execution was more spaced-out than the title suggested.