Mousetronaut Goes to Mars: with audio recording

Mousetronaut Goes to Mars: with audio recording

by Mark Kelly, C. F. Payne
     
 

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Meteor the mousetronaut returns to outer space in this exciting story from #1 New York Times bestselling author and retired NASA astronaut Commander Mark Kelly and renowned illustrator C.F. Payne.

3-2-1…blast off! The smallest member of the team, a mouse named Meteor, is back on board and ready to come to the rescue on an interplanetary

Overview

Meteor the mousetronaut returns to outer space in this exciting story from #1 New York Times bestselling author and retired NASA astronaut Commander Mark Kelly and renowned illustrator C.F. Payne.

3-2-1…blast off! The smallest member of the team, a mouse named Meteor, is back on board and ready to come to the rescue on an interplanetary adventure! With lively illustrations by award-winning artist C.F. Payne, this charming new mousetronaut adventure will inspire imaginations of all sizes! Includes detailed scientific back matter.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
10/01/2013
K-Gr 3—Introduced in Mousetronaut (S & S, 2012), pint-size ace Meteor is back, secretly training for America's first human mission to Mars. When he doesn't make the crew list, he stows away and carefully stays hidden as he observes onboard life during the six-month journey to the red planet. Once in orbit, a failed engine means the landing will be scrubbed-the one remaining engine isn't strong enough to carry a human. That's when Meteor offers his small self as mission savior and becomes the first mouse on Mars. Payne's signature mixed-media artwork is realistic yet playful and gives readers a glimpse into space flight with excellent use of spreads. The themes of persistence and how immaterial one's size is are strongly present and will resonate with children. The four-page afterword discusses the history of Mars and mankind, what a flight to Mars would entail, and the benefits of space exploration, and offers details about the planet. While preschoolers will enjoy the tale, the afterword also makes this title perfect to share with primary-grade students in units on planets and space exploration.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
When NASA announces the crew of the upcoming Mars mission, Meteor the Mousetronaut is, shockingly, not on the list. No matter; the little mouse isn't about to let his training go to waste. He packs his spacesuit and stows away on the Galaxy, floating out to scavenge crumbs while the human crew sleeps. After six months, the Galaxy reaches Mars orbit--but one of the landing craft's engines fails, and the remaining one isn't strong enough to transport even one human. Meteor volunteers for duty and, equipped with a tiny American flag, descends to the Red Planet to gather rock samples. Six months later, he returns to Earth to be welcomed as a hero with the other astronauts. While this story inevitably lacks the freshness of Meteor's debut (Mousetronaut, 2012), Kelly's prose and storytelling have matured, and Meteor's enthusiasm is as infectious as ever. Payne's delightfully regular-looking, multiethnic and gender-inclusive crew displays the same winning combination of heroism and lumpiness (the mission commander has an endearingly potatolike face) that distinguished the first adventure. Perhaps what's most striking about this book, though, is the four-page afterword, in which Kelly summarizes the history of Mars exploration and discusses the potential for a real manned mission. His eloquence in advocating for a vigorous space program bespeaks both passion and experience. Rodent or no, Meteor sure is one heck of a space ambassador. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442484283
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Lexile:
AD620L (what's this?)
File size:
38 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Mark Kelly is a retired astronaut and US Navy Captain. His picture book Mousetronaut, illustrated by C.F. Payne was a #1 New York Times bestseller. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011.
C. F. Payne has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Mousetronaut by astronaut Mark Kelly, the Texas Bluebonnet winner Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, written by Phil Bildner, and the New York Times bestsellers The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, both by John Lithgow. He teaches at the Columbus College of Design, where he is the chair of the Illustration Department. Payne lives with his wife and children in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit him online at CFPayne.com.

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