Outer Space or Bust!

Growing up in Russia, I had many kids books to read, but one of my favorites was a book on space, rockets and exploration. The book is called “Outer Space or Bust!” by Genadi Chernenko, its written in English and has some fantastic pencil illustrations. Its Soviet-centric since it came out of that time and area, but it talks about all major scientific breakthroughs from all nations, including US scientists and engineers like Robert Goddard. For US readers, its interesting to read non-US centric take on the space race and you’ll be surprised to learn about major figures in rocketry and engineering like Korolev and Tsiolkovsky. Russian rockets were very advanced and reliable, and many designs from 50s and 60s are still used today to get payload into orbit

I’ve had this book since I was 7 or 8 and its always been lying on my bookshelf. I’ve now scanned every page of this book and converted it to PDF (could not find a copy anywhere on the Internet).  Now everyone else can get the pleasure of reading about space, rocketry and exploration.  The book was published by Raduga (Rainbow) publishers in now defunct USSR.

Download the book here as PDF

Books like this inspired countless of kids to go into science and engineering, and the product of this is Pluto flybys and Mars landings, and in the future, Mars colonization.

Some illustrations from the book.

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Kids Book done!

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Book is finally done! I’m still looking around for publishers to do mass printing. For now, its available on Blurb as a 7×7 in hard cover, although its a bit pricey. The book features animals for each letter and fun poems that kids can learn and remember letters.

http://www.blurb.com/b/6489375-silly-fish

Heres a sample of the illustrations,

New kid’s book coming soon!

Working hard to finish the illustrations and coloring for this new kids book. Its aimed at 3-7 year olds who want to learn the English alphabet. Should be ready in 2-3 months (I hope!). Currently looking for a publishing company that would publish this. I can publish it via Blurb, but Blurb is a bit too expensive. If anyone has any publishing ideas, shoot me an email.

 

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Ku-Ka-Re-Ku!

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My new kids book is out! Ku Ka Re Ku (Russian for Cock a doodle do).

Finally had a chance to get the book up, its a Russian alphabet book for kids with animal illustrations (very original, I know!)

Check out this 23 page preview, there are 42 pages of illustrations. The book comes in 2 formats (7×7 inches and 12×12 inches). The 12×12 format is larger and more vibrant but a bit more pricey.

Link to book

7×7 in. book
http://blur.by/1edQzUc

12×12 in. book
http://blur.by/1edTFHJ

Working on a kids book.

Just found out my best buddy and his wife are going to have a kid, so next month or two postings will be slow since I’m working on a kids book that would be perfect for my buddy’s kid. I’ve been wanting to illustrate a kids book for a while now and this is the perfect opportunity.

Once finished I will publish it using Blurb or other similar publishing services and it will available for sale. The book is targeted for 1 to 3 year olds and focuses on learning the alphabet with some cooky characters like the monkey-boy illustration seen below. The first book will teach the Russian alphabet, and later versions will have English and Portuguese words and alphabet.

I dont have a name for it yet so I’m open to suggestions.