|Once upon a space-time! (Space-time!)|
Author: Brown, Jeffrey
Jide and Petra are two normal kids selected to leave Earth to go on an intergalactic research mission to Mars where there will be lots of kids from other planets and minimal adult supervision.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.40
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 509228
Kirkus Reviews (04/01/20)
School Library Journal (05/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2020 Gr 3–7—Brown kicks off a new graphic novel science fiction series about kid astronauts exploring the universe. Ever since first contact was made by an alien race in the year 2206, a group of extraordinary students have been given the opportunity to study at the Earth School for Space Mission Preparation. When it's announced that two Earth children will be sent to Mars to work with alien kids, a competition is held to find the best of the best. Petra, a prankster who feels she doesn't live up to her overachieving siblings, and Jide, a perfectionist with helicopter parents, are chosen for the mission. An eclectic mix of side characters including a celebrity astronaut, helpful robots, alien kids with unique abilities, and a goofball from a cloned race of aliens all named Tobey result in many fun side stories and one-liners. A mix of scientific facts and humor makes the first book in this series both educational and entertaining. Brown's fans will not be disappointed and will enjoy the cartoonish line drawings, crammed with speech bubbles. VERDICT Another great addition from Brown. Middle grade readers will anxiously await the next installment.—Ashley Leffel, Griffin Middle School, Frisco, TX - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/15/2020 It’s 2216, and with the help of a rather braggy alien named Tobey (actually, everyone in his entire clone species is named Tobey), humans have advanced to the point where they’re ready for galactic space travel. Problem is, “adult humans can be pretty whiny,” so the students at the Earth School for Space Mission Preparation are tested to find the two best candidates. Turns out that’s irreverent-but-brilliant Petra Novak and cautious-but-equally-brilliant Jide Eshetu, who embark on a journey through space to Mars and beyond, along with a cast of imaginatively conceived aliens, conducting experiments and avoiding adult supervision. Filled with absurdism and irony that still leaves room for a good old-fashioned butt joke or two, the story is peppered with fascinating space-science theory: A space-elevator! A spaceship carved out of an asteroid! A zero-gravity shower! And plenty more where those came from. Panels generously crammed with Brown’s signature childlike figures and hand-lettered word balloons give it all a charmingly handmade feel. Brimming over with ideas, humor, and the author’s infectious excitement.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: New York Times best-selling, Eisner-winning Brown’s new, space-oriented adventure is primed to please the growing legions of young graphic novel fans. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.