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 Mr. Corbett is in orbit! (My Weird School Graphic Novel)
 Author: Gutman, Dan

 Publisher:  HarperAlley (2021)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 87 p., col. ill., 18 cm

 BTSB No: 408691 ISBN: 9780062947628
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 United States. -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
 School field trips -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Space vehicles -- Fiction
 Space travel -- Fiction

Price: $16.79

A.J. and his friends at Ella Mentry School are headed on a field trip to NASA headquarters. But their tour guide, Mr. Corbett, is a total space cadet! And what happens when A.J. accidentally launches the whole class into outer space? In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Paillot, Jim
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.10
   Points: .5   Quiz: 509793

   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/20)
   School Library Journal (03/01/21)
   Booklist (11/01/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2021 Gr 2–4—Gutman's "My Weird School" series transitions into graphic novel format. A.J., Andrea, and their classmates at Ella Mentry School seem to take everything in stride, always ready with a joke or sarcastic observation. A teacher in a superhero outfit or another speaking in secret code is simply par for the course. When a lesson on climate change includes a surprise visit to NASA, everyone's excited, and the students launch themselves into space on a shuttle in no time. Characters consistently face readers, inviting them to absorb the many puns, self-aware punch lines, and obliteration of the fourth wall. Chapters are named after their placement in sequence ("The Beginning," "After the Beginning"), and a survey asks how readers are enjoying the book. Adding to the inviting atmosphere is the simple layout with generous wide panels and full-page cartoons. This is a silly, no-stakes adventure that will increase reader familiarity with changing voices and perspectives, and let kids feel like active participants. A.J. is brown-skinned, Andrea is white, and both students and teachers are a diverse group. Back matter includes a list of websites with more information about climate change, as well as a note encouraging children to convince their parents to support politicians endorsed by the Sierra Club and Greenpeace. VERDICT From the opening warning about scenes of "graphic violins," it's clear that weirdness extends to all parts of this out-of-this-world field trip.—Thomas Maluck, Richland Lib., SC - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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