Pluto Gets the Call by Adam Rex

Pluto Gets the CallPluto Gets the Call by Adam Rex; illustrated by Laurie Keller. 2019. Traditional, digital, and galactic media. Published by Beach Lane Books.

Brief summary: Pluto receives a phone call from Earth scientists telling him he is no longer considered a planet. Pluto goes across the solar system introducing the young reader to the various REAL planets and sharing interesting facts about them as they all talk back and forth. Pluto decides to go to the sun and tells him what happened. The sun consoles Pluto while summarizing what each planet is known for the most and how special he is even if no longer a planet.

Comments: Hilarious. The title captured my attention.  Speech bubbles. Solar system puns. Large and bright illustrations. I love Laurie Keller’s illustrations! There is a “solar system fun facts” and “a note from the author” in the back. Fun book to share when doing planet units. One of my favorites for the 2019 year.

Oh No, Astro! by Matt Roeser

Oh No, Astro! by Matt Roeser

Oh No, Astro! by Matt Roeser; illustrated by Brad Woodard. 2016. Illustrations created with Photoshop and Illustrator.

Brief Summary: An asteroid in outer space is enjoying his “personal outer space”  when a satellite causes it to be knocked off course plunging into the earth losing much of itself on the fall.

Comments: Space facts are in the back. A fun book to read perhaps when introducing personification or outer space.