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Pluto Visits Earth!


Pluto visits Earth in a truly out-of-this-world adventure!

Pluto is not pleased when he learns that astronomers have downgraded him from planet to dwarf planet. He embarks on a fun and out-of-this-world adventure across the solar system to visit Earth and reclaim his planetary status.

Along the way, Pluto bumps into his moons and other planets. But it's a boy on Earth who makes him realize that, big or small,...

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Pluto visits Earth in a truly out-of-this-world adventure!

Pluto is not pleased when he learns that astronomers have downgraded him from planet to dwarf planet. He embarks on a fun and out-of-this-world adventure across the solar system to visit Earth and reclaim his planetary status.

Along the way, Pluto bumps into his moons and other planets. But it's a boy on Earth who makes him realize that, big or small, planet or not, he's still special!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The recently demoted planet Pluto is the hero of this fantasy, which offers bits of astronomical information amid its whimsy. When Pluto is informed by a passing space rock that he is no longer a real planet, he is enraged. He recalls being named after a Roman god, and decides to go to Earth and demand to be changed from a dwarf planet to a real one again. On the way, he asks the other planets for reinforcement. But Neptune is too busy with his thirteen moons; Uranus is too frightened; Saturn too vain; Jupiter too bossy; and Mars too distracted. Reaching Earth, Pluto asks astronomers why they made him a dwarf. They claim that he is too small, not even much larger than his moons. But then a young boy tells him that he will always be his favorite. Finally feeling special, Pluto speeds back happily to his orbit. Use of a Rapidograph pen helps project nervous movement to the objects in the black sky. Colored dyes add attractiveness to the comic scenes. The end pages showing rocket ships, comets, stars, and even a few humans in space suits reinforce the fantasy. A note clarifies the discovery of Pluto and its recent demotion. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Pluto, the former planet, is disappointed that he has been downgraded to a dwarf planet. In an attempt to restore his status, he decides to visit Earth to plead his case. An astronomer informs him that he is much too small to be a planet. Although he tries to convince the man that he has a very big heart, it is not until a young boy tells him he is special whether he is big or small that Pluto is happy to return to his place in the Milky Way. Illustrations are done in ink with colored dyes in a cartoonish style that helps to anthropomorphize the Milky Way planets. The author attempts to make a humorous tale with a fairly spare text, but it falls a little flat. And the audience for the book is unclear: "'I'm madder than a Martian!' Pluto called out to his three moons. 'Do I look small?'" The illustrations seem to target youngsters who would not understand that Pluto has three moons or that Saturn (might be vain because he) has such beautiful rings. Whatever the intended audience, the story is very thin and does not hold interest.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Union, Washington & Waldoboro, ME
Kirkus Reviews
Angry at learning he's been demoted to a dwarf planet, Pluto pays a visit to Earth, where a boy's reassurance satisfies his need to be special. After Speedy the space rock tells him about his new status, Pluto seeks help from other planets on his journey to demand reclassification. Unfortunately, they're too busy, too scared, too vain, too bossy and too distracted. Metzger's personified planets appear as large, round, expressive faces in Lee's whimsical pen-and-ink illustrations. Some speak in speech bubbles. Varying in size and spread, these images also show a variety of surprising travelers whizzing about. (Don't miss the snowman astronaut.) The near-black of space is effectively rendered with hundreds of scribbled lines; pastel daubs show the blue of Earth and Pluto's purple rage. The author includes some actual facts, supplemented by an afterword describing Pluto's discovery, composition and moons, as well as the International Astronomical Union's current definition of a planet, which the one-time ninth planet doesn't meet. This laudable attempt to present the most recent understanding of the solar system to very young readers and listeners also demonstrates science's rapidly changing state: Pluto's most recently discovered fourth moon, still unnamed, is not included. Playful science for preschool and the early elementary years. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545249348
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 427,949
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Metzger is the bestselling author of over sixty children’s books, including the Dinofours series, WHEN THE LEAF BLEW IN, and FIVE LITTLE SHARKS SWIMMING IN THE SEA. Steve lives in New York with his family.

Jared Lee has illustrated more than 100 books for young readers. He has received awards from the Society of Illustrators, the Martha Kinney Cooper Ohioana Library Association, the National Cartoonists Society, and others. He lives in Ohio with his wife and a menagerie of dogs, cats, ponies, ducks, and a few unknown creatures.

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