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Hello, Nebulon! (Galaxy Zack Series #1)

Hello, Nebulon! (Galaxy Zack Series #1)

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by Ray O'Ryan

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Get to know Galaxy Zack—and his new home planet!—in this start to an out-of-this-world illustrated chapter book series.

In Hello, Nebulon!, Zack makes the big move from Earth. He is already nervous about starting school and making new friends, but it only gets worse when he dreams that his classmates are slimy aliens with tentacles,


Get to know Galaxy Zack—and his new home planet!—in this start to an out-of-this-world illustrated chapter book series.

In Hello, Nebulon!, Zack makes the big move from Earth. He is already nervous about starting school and making new friends, but it only gets worse when he dreams that his classmates are slimy aliens with tentacles, pizza comes covered in gross bugs, and he can never communicate with his Earth friends again! Fortunately, when Zack arrives at Sprockets Academy for his first day of school, he meets and befriends Drake Tucker, a Nebulite boy who also loves to explore and learn about the planets. Nebulon isn’t as awful as Zack’s dream, but there are a lot of differences between Nebulon and Earth, and they make Zack miss his home in Dubbsville, Texas, even more. But things start to look up when he receives a mysterious surprise. What could it possibly be?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Galaxy Zack chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the lively first title in the Galaxy Zack series, set in 2120, Zack is unhappy about moving from Earth to Nebulon for his father’s job. Soaring to their new planet in the family space cruiser, the eight-year-old thinks about how much he’ll miss his best friend, and has nightmares that his new classmates are monstrous aliens and that Nebulite pizza is topped with worms and “extra-moldy cheese.” Yet he’s impressed—as will be readers—by the planet’s gadgetry: cars and bikes zip through the air, and a sideways-moving elevator transports the family through their house. An invisible, talking computer tends to their every need, and Jack’s bed drops from a ceiling panel, as does food that lands on the family’s floating dinner table. Illustrator Jack’s (Toads on Toast) Jetsons-meets-Johnny Neutron illustrations, which appear on every page, energize the story and make its fun, futuristic details all the easier to envision, while O’Ryan’s trim sentences and brisk dialogue are well targeted at beginning readers. A second book, Journey to Juno, is available simultaneously, and four additional titles will arrive later in the year. Ages 5–7. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
Moving is always hard, especially if you are 8 years old and your new home is a new planet. The year is 2120, and Zack Nelson and his twin sisters, Cathy and Charlotte, are moving to Nebulon. Zack will especially miss his dog Luna and friend Bert. Zack's vivid fear of the future is explored in a dream sequence in which he imagines his new classmates to be monsters who eat bug-covered pizzas. The reality is quite different, and Zack ends up making a new friend on the first day. Worldbuilding is critical at the beginning of a series, and this world is close enough to Earth for new readers to identify with but alien enough to keep their attention. The cars are actually like tiny spaceships, and the houses are shiny white with rounded edges. Best of all is Ira, short for Indoor Robotic Assistant. Ira makes meals, provides wake-up music, adjusts the shower temperature and makes living on Nebulon pleasant for nervous Zack. More Jetsons than Star Trek, this light tale for new readers is illustrated in a cartoon style that allows readers to feel Zack's pain but happily anticipate the strange new world ahead of him. Zack feels like a new best friend, even if he lives light years away. (Science fiction. 5-9)

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Galaxy Zack Series , #1
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Hello, Nebulon!

  • Meet the Author

    Ray O’Ryan has loved space stories ever since he watched the very first episode of Star Trek. He loves to imagine what traveling across the galaxy might be like and is a bit jealous of Galaxy Zack in this regard. Ray lives in the beautiful Catskill Mountains in upstate New York with his wife and two lovable, zany cats named Stitch and The Way.
    Colin Jack is originally from Vancouver, Canada, and has illustrated several children’s books. He currently works at DreamWorks Animation as a story artist and character designer and lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two sons.

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    Hello, Nebulon! 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    To be honest, I didn't read this book.  But my extremely reluctant reader did.  My just turned 9 year old son always refused to read anything.  Everything bored him.  That is until he read this book.  Now we are in search of the rest of the series, which unfortunately is hard to get in store.  He wants to keep reading about Zack.  There is no better review I can give than to say it turned around my reluctant reader. 
    YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
    A cute little boy named Zack moves from Earth to a planet called Nebulon. Nothing is the same as Zack’s home planet. The sky, land, and water are different colors than on Earth, the cars fly, and the Nebulites speak very differently. Zack is nervous to move and he thinks no one will like him at school. He has to get used to everything on Nebulon. Hello Nebulon is an early chapter book with lots of awesome pictures (on every page) and words that are easy to read. Boys and girls will both like this book. Ages 6-8 would love to read it on their own but younger kids would love having it read to them because they’d like the story and pictures. My favorite parts are the cool gadgets like the little box that turns into a car when you push a button, Zack’s bed that comes down from the ceiling at night, and the elevator in his house that goes in every direction. There’s even an Indoor Robotic Assistant (IRA) that is wired throughout the house and does almost everything for Zack and his family. The whole book is my favorite part! The writing and story are both incredibly awesome. Zack is so lovable and that makes the book even more enjoyable. I give this book one hundred stars! I wish I could visit Nebulon. Review by Young Mensan Connor C., age 6, Boston Mensa
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago