Author: Underwood, Deborah
When Jupiter notices a planet circling a far star, he enlists the other planets in our solar system to send a letter, but soon there is a disagreement on which, exactly, is the exoplanet.
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/21)
School Library Journal (11/01/21)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2021 PreS-Gr 2—Planets from our solar system send letters of love and friendship to an exoplanet, learning that different perspectives provide opportunities to grow. Bright digital art depicts anthropomorphized planets with fashion statements and personalities to match. Saturn's large eyeglasses mirror its rings, while Uranus wears a knitted cap as it's colder than other planets since it's farther from the sun. Jupiter, larger than all the others, dictates letters like a CEO. Underwood weaves in the definition of an exoplanet clearly, and the pun of signing XO as missives fly back and forth in "space express" rockets creates great read-aloud moments. The crux of the story, whether our solar system's planets are the exoplanets or the other planet is the exoplanet, causes disruption. A comet resolves it by pointing out how this is based on point-of-view. Comparisons of which planets are big or small, hot or cold, are discussed in relation to the sun, and this provides a teachable moment in differences and conflict resolution. A scientific note is included. VERDICT A delightful purchase that creates accessible paths to learning more.—Rachel Zuffa, Case H.S., Racine, WI - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/15/2021 Underwood and Lacera offer a light introduction to the concept of exoplanets in this jovial picture book starring our solar systems’ eight planets and Pluto. Neptune (a teal orb perched in a pink pool tube) spots the faraway space objects first, and they decide to write a letter of introduction, explaining that they’re calling the objects “exoplanets.” The exoplanets are none too pleased, however; since our solar system’s planets are so far away, they are the exoplanets, the reply explains. A snippy back-and-forth ensues until a comet helps the planets gain some perspective on point of view. The animated artwork nicely communicates tone (particularly from bossy Jupiter), and the dark color palette matches the space setting. Many kids in the target audience will recognize the comically escalating argument between the planets and exoplanets, and the comet’s advice—though a touch didactic—might help little ones think about conflict. With a tidy combination of STEM content (back matter offers more information on exoplanets) and social-emotional learning, this approachable picture book can do double duty. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.