Mousetronaut Goes to Mars, by Mark Kelly

As it turns out, this little gal is a budding astronaut. I’m not overreacting either because she very enthusiastically picked this out and loved it. She listened to all of it attentively and adored all the illustrations by C.F. Payne. This is not mom fawning. It’s fact.

I’ll be honest, I was not looking forward to reading it. Astronaut is not my favorite profession to picture her in– mostly because space freaks me out– so that increases the chances of her NASA career by 200%. Additionally, it’s a sequel to Moustronaut. A sequel. Like National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Remember that? Yeah, hopefully few people do, sorry.

Moving on, I have to say this book not only has pretty pictures featuring a MOUSE and a diverse group of astronauts, but it is written by an actual astronaut! And it’s well written. Short, to-the-point, funny, descriptive, and even a little emotional. This man can venture into the final frontier and write literature for tiny humans that isn’t garbage?! Is there anything Mark Kelly cannot do?

And this mouse? Well, I won’t get into what a hero this mouse Meteor is, but did you know Mousetronaut is also partially based on a true story?

If you’re looking for a great book to get kids interested in science and self confidence early on, this one is good as it is also, though this should be obvious, educational. The story is subtly so, and the back contains another well written, longer bit about Mars and space travel. I felt smarter after reading it and not at all bored. Very accessible. For example, “You cannot just fly to where a planet is; you have to fly to where it will be.”

I’d say it’s a star, but that would be an inaccurate pun while calling this book a gassy giant would be kind of rude. So, I’ll just say Mousetronaut is, um, out of this world. Ba dum tiss.

It’s better than my jokes, we promise.

-Evy And Me.




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