K-Gr 3 Jed and his Junior Space Patroltwo telepathic cogs (part cat-part dog) and a robot teddy bearare back in full color. This time, their interplanetary exploits take them to Planet X32 in search of the kidnappers of space traveler Molly's parents. In the end Molly joins the Space Patrol, and the stage is set for another sci-fi sequel. All of the elements that made the first adventure (Jed's Junior Space Patrol Dial, 1982 ) deservedly popular with beginners are here: a genuinely exciting story, intriguing science fiction hardware, futuristic characters with whom kids can still identify, and illustrations that create an exotic other world. Although a different artist is drawing here, and Jed's spaceship and Commander May look quite different, there is a continuity of style in the stippled ink drawings. The feel here is more warm and immediate, the pages creatively designed to integrate text and art. Juicy stories for beginners are possible, as Jed's crowd proves once again. The addition of a girl characterespecially one who grows from helpless teary victim into clever, plucky risk-takeronly adds to this troupe's attraction.