The Definitive Guide to

Your Place in the Universe

Written by Jason Chin
Published by Neal Porter Books
5.56 / 7.0
- Bookroo Rating
Goodreads Rating - 4.4 / 5.0
Add to list
Prices as of Apr 17
Retail Price
used $15.19
Sep 1, 2020
Publication Date
Target Age

What Does Bookroo Think of This Book

“A fascinating nonfiction read that puts the universe in perspective . . . literally.”

After judging the book by its cover, a few pages in readers may be surprised to discover that Your Place in the Universe is in fact a super-informative, non-fiction book—but they won’t be disappointed. Starting from four 8-year-old children, Chin skillfully scales up from giraffes to trees to buildings (which children may have some sense of) to larger and larger pieces of our world and solar system until reaching the universe. By using drawings that are done to scale (as much as possible while still making essential pieces visible) and starting with the scale of familiar things to work up to new things, readers get a glimpse of just how large the universe really is, as well as the confidence to build on their existing knowledge to learn new things. The construction of the book itself cleverly mirrors this concept, starting with short and sparse facts and working up to more in depth explanations as concepts become more unfamiliar and finally concluding with almost textbook-like backmatter for readers whose curiosity has been piqued. The illustrations are pleasantly realistic without overwhelming detail, and Chin’s illustration of the cosmic web invokes a sense of wonder that is beautifully appropriate for its grandeur and majesty.

What's This Book About

Publisher Summary

With crisp illustration and intriguing science, Your Place in the Universe introduces readers to the mind-boggling scale of the known Universe.

What Kind of Book is Your Place in the Universe

Quotes from This Book

  • “These kids are eight years old. They are about five times as tall as this book, but only half as tall as…this ostrich.”
  • “Measured from sea level, Mount Everest is 29.046 feet high. That’s about 5.5 miles–almost nine times the height of the tallest planned building. But even Mount Everest doesn’t reach all the way…to space.”
  • “Earth is the only planet we know of with life…It’s the only planet we know of with kids who can look up and imagine…their place in the universe.”

Where Does This Book Stand Out


The “Ingenious” badge is awarded to recognize books with exceptionally clever aspects in story or design.

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
5.5 / 7.0
The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
6.0 / 7.0

So well done—the main narrative is informative, intriguing, inspiring, and humbling, and there are lots of additional details on each page and in the back matter to help you keep learning if you’re up for a longer read.

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mama who believes you're never too old for magical stories of talking animals and imaginary worlds.
5.25 / 7.0
The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
5.5 / 7.0

This is a super cool book about scale and the universe, showing the ever increasing size of things from children to giraffes to redwood trees to the world’s tallest buildings and all the way out to the universe. Fact-filled and perfect for budding scientists and children with questions about their physical world.

Book Lists That Include Your Place in the Universe

Book Topics › Earth Day
Children's Books About Earth Day
Book Topics › Earth
Children's Books About Earth
Book Topics › fact filled
Children's Books About Fact Filled
Book Topics › measurement
Children's Books About Measurement
Kids Book Club
Monthly. Curated. Delivered.
Get Started
As low as $16.95 / mo

Who Wrote Your Place in the Universe

Jason Chin

Jason Chin is the award-winning author of Redwoods, Coral Reefs, Gravity, and Island: A Story of the Galápagos, which was named a 2012 Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. He is also the illustrator of the acclaimed Water is Water by Miranda Paul. His most recent book Grand Canyon received five starred reviews. Jason lives with his wife, Deirdre Gill, and their two children in Burlington, Vermont.

View Author

What Has Jason Chin Said About This Book

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Jason know that you want more details about Your Place in the Universe!

Jason Chin's Book Dedication

For Vanessa Ford

More Books by Jason Chin

Books You Might Enjoy If You Liked Your Place in the Universe

Book Details

Publication Date:
September 1, 2020
Illustration Details:
The artwork for this book was created using watercolor, gouache, and digital techniques.
Library of Congress Number (LCCN):
WorldCat Number (OCLC):

Contribute to this page

Core Score - 74%
This page is starting to look fantastic!
Depth Score - 28%
Just the barebones.
Improve this page
Are you the author or illustrator? Claim this page.