The Five-Year-Old Reviews Books: Space Patrol

Space Patrol (Choose Your Own Adventure #22)
By Julius Goodman
Bantam, 1983

What The Five-Year-Old thought: “It’s many different books but they are all put together and you flip to pages because the book says so. You make decisions and the book makes decisions about the pages you go to. I loved it! I loved the different story, different story, different story, different story, all the time it was a different story. It’s fun to have different stories every time.”

What Mommyo thought: “I loved these as a kid. And they are just as much fun as I remember now that it’s 30 years later and I’m reading them with The Five-Year-Old. So much fun to let her make her own decisions and reap the consequences of bad (or merely indifferent) choices. As a parent, I also appreciate the immediate feedback for the concept that all decisions have consequences. And that not all of those consequences are good or bad. Some of them simply completely change how your day plays out. The seemingly infinite contortions of the storyline based on The Five-Year-Old’s decisions means that even though we’ve been through the book 8 or 9 times, we don’t feel done with it yet. Great for road trips.”

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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