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Space Boy

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by Leo Landry
     
 

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This world, decides Nicholas, is too noisy for him. Time to take a trip. He packs a snack, puts on his suit, and takes off . . . to the utterly quiet craters and vast deserts of the distant moon. In this utterly charming picture book, the allure of space travel and the longing for peace and quiet entice a young boy to take his space rocket to the moon for a picnic.

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This world, decides Nicholas, is too noisy for him. Time to take a trip. He packs a snack, puts on his suit, and takes off . . . to the utterly quiet craters and vast deserts of the distant moon. In this utterly charming picture book, the allure of space travel and the longing for peace and quiet entice a young boy to take his space rocket to the moon for a picnic.

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[S]pare and jovial watercolor illustrations...a far-out bedtime read, including an understanding of the need to delay the inevitable…—Kirkus 9/1/07

Kirkus Reviews

"This picture book offers plenty to enjoy...a lovely, childlike adventure..." Booklist 10/15/07 Booklist, ALA

"Kids who love outer space and rockets will adore this quiet, imaginative adventure." SLJ 10/2007 School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Nicholas cannot get to sleep because noises from his dog, the radio, and from the neighborhood are keeping him awake. He decides to pack a lunch, dress up in a space suit, get into his rocket, and fly to the moon. He has a good time on the moon since it is so quiet. He eats his sandwich and goes for a walk around the moon. He soon misses his family and flies back home. Things seem peaceful at home as he tells his parents that he is ready for bed. Nicholas thinks that it is good to be home as he falls asleep in his bed. This bedtime fantasy provides a little adventure into an imaginative world. The cozy ending should be calming and cuddly for toddlers. The illustrations are appropriately simple and colorful. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
Kirkus Reviews
When the cacophony of the household becomes too much for sleepy Nicholas, he spaces out, aboard a rocket ship to the moon. Nicholas is trying to go to sleep, but he can hear his baby sister crying, the dog barking and the radio blaring. Taking the situation in hand, he makes a snack, dons his space suit and boards his rocket. After a brief flight, he lands safely on the moon. He has trouble eating his snack as gravity is a bit scarce, but, he thinks, at least it's quiet. It isn't long, though, before he's yearning for earth and home. Upon his return, things have quieted down considerably and he's contented to have the moon outside his bedroom window. Landry's text is wordy in places, but the reading is light. The spare and jovial watercolor illustrations brightly feature a nifty rocket and moonscapes surrounded by the starry universe. This has all the elements of a far-out bedtime read, including an understanding of the need to delay the inevitable (bedtime), buoyantly combined with space travel and moon walks. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618605682
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/24/2007
Edition description:
None
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
772,398
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Master minimalist Leo Landry once again shares the power of secret worlds in this unique fantasy for young children. A love of the moon and all things Apollo originated in Leo’s childhood. He says he has distinct memories of playing a recording of the first moon landing while jumping off the front porch. He and his family live in Easton, Massachusetts.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have the hard copy and my kids love the book so I decided to buy it for my nook. Unforuntely, the ebook is not formatted properly. There is no text on some pages, and the text is repeated twice on others. I hope they work out the bugs because it's a wonderful story.