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First Day on a Strange New Planet
     

First Day on a Strange New Planet

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by Dan Yaccarino
 

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Sure, the first day of school can be tough, but it’s nothing compared to the first day of school on another planet! Dan Yaccarino’s hilarious, irreverent look at the first day of school is now available in paperback with the addition of dynamite trading cards! Traveling in outer space, tackling school lunches, and making new friends are all explored in

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Sure, the first day of school can be tough, but it’s nothing compared to the first day of school on another planet! Dan Yaccarino’s hilarious, irreverent look at the first day of school is now available in paperback with the addition of dynamite trading cards! Traveling in outer space, tackling school lunches, and making new friends are all explored in a full-color, easy-to-read chapter book format – what a trip

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this auspicious debut of the Blast Off Boy and Blorp series, Yaccarino (Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I'm Off to the Moon) grandly unveils the Galactic Space Exchange Program. "Johnny Smith, dubbed `Blast Off Boy' by his hometown newspaper, had been chosen out of millions as the most average kid on the planet. He was being sent to represent Earth.... On planet Meep, a little green alien boy named Blorp Glorp was also making plans." Yaccarino's characteristic illustrations with their retro palette and solid, nearly geometric shapes create ideal intergalactic scenes. Blast Off Boy, frowning inside his bubble space helmet, adjusts to school on Meep; meanwhile, turf-green, black-eyed Blorp takes human elementary schoolers by surprise ("The other students quietly moved their desks away from him"). Things do not go smoothly. Blast Off Boy becomes the center of attention among the robots and frankfurter-shaped monsters in his classroom ("All 67 eyes were on him"), and Blorp gets detention for mixing and drinking a chemistry-lab concoction. Yaccarino toggles between planets to contrast the first-day experiences, casting Blast Off Boy as hesitant, Blorp as a bouncy extrovert. The bulbous, ballooning paintings conjure a spacey weightlessness on the page, particularly when Blorp levitates in homeroom and when Blast Off Boy hides behind a transparent, amoebalike classmate. Yaccarino puts a fresh and funny spin on ordinary events like lunchtime and gym class, and builds plenty of anticipation for New Pet, an installment planned for release next fall. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
In these two episodes in the Blast Off Boy and Blorp series, earthling Johnny Smith swaps places with Blorp Glorp from planet Meep as part of the Galactic Space Exchange Program. "Yaccarino puts a fresh and funny spin on ordinary events like lunchtime and gym class," said PW in a starred review of Strange New Planet. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature
If you thought your first day in a new school was bad, you should try going to a brand new school on a strange new planet! That's just what happens to Johnny Smith, AKA "Blast Off Boy," when he is chosen to participate in the Galactic Space Exchange Program. He's headed for the newly discovered planet, Meep, to live with an alien family (the Glorps) and attend school at the Galactic Grammar School with their daughter, Blippy. Meanwhile, the Glorps' son, Blorp, is headed to planet Earth, where he will live with the Smith family and attend Johnny's old school, Davis Elementary. Johnny is very shy and nervous. Blorp is excited and happy. Johnny faces perils like a cafeteria lunch special that tries to eat him, while Blorp causes panic in the chemistry class. Although their reactions to a new school are different, neither escapes without some problems along the way. And both find new friends in the end. Kids will love Dan Yaccarino's funny, futuristic illustrations and clever text. A good beginning reader, particularly for boys. 2000, Hyperion Books for Children,

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786814282
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
12/01/2002
Series:
Blast off Boy and Blorp Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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First Day on a Strange New Planet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the great book for boys who are reluctant to read. It's a perfect bridge between story books and chapter books. My 7 year old son loves Blorp!