Monday, April 24, 2017

Life on Mars review

Life on Mars

A young astronaut is absolutely sure there is life to be found on Mars. He sets off on a solitary mission, determined to prove the naysayers wrong. But when he arrives, equipped with a package of cupcakes as a gift, he sees nothing but a nearly barren planet. Finally, he spies a single flower and packs it away to take back to Earth as proof that there is indeed life on Mars.(goodreads summary)

Everyone thinks this cute little Astronaut is crazy because he believes that there is life on Mars.  He is determined to prove them wrong and sets out on a a mission to find it.  He also brings along a special gift of chocolate cupcakes to offer just in case he finds anyone living there. But when he discovers the planet to be cold, barren and possibly uninhabitable he must admit he could be wrong himself!  All the while the reader sees an alien life form following him around that he does not know is there.  In the end, he discovers a few surprises but  one that will leave him second thoughts on his long journey back home.  

This is a fun story with subtle and sweet humor that kids will enjoy.  They will giggle when they see the Martian following the boy around as he seems unaware on his quest for life and that only the reader knows that it is there.  The text is simple and short for reading while the illustrations depict the dark, gloomy planet well giving you the feeling of what it could be like in outer space.  Any book by this author is a good choice for young kids and I think this is a "just right book" for ages 3-6.~

Title:  Life on Mars
Author:  Jon Agee
Pub date:  February 2017, Dial Books
Genre:  picture book
Hardcover, 32 pgs.

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