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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375844597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375844591
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—McCarthy speaks directly to children who dream of someday "BLASTING into outer space," inviting them to experience astronaut school with four aspiring recruits. Painted in a cartoon style, the three men and one woman have large saucerlike eyes and off-center smiles. The book gives a very real picture of the arduous training required before going into space. Full-color spreads done in acrylics on gessoed paper show authentic facilities like a swimming pool, a jet, and the Vomit Comet (a plane ride that allows passengers to experience weightlessness). The text and illustrations are simply done, and their very sparseness highlights important stages in astronaut preparation. A space suit and toilet are shown against white backgrounds, and their parts are clearly labeled. The space-shuttle liftoff, painted vertically, and images of the smiling characters in space capture the excitement of this ultimate adventure. The author includes a page of fascinating facts as well as a list of places to visit. This appealing book is sure to find a wide audience.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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About the Author

Meghan McCarthy is the author-illustrator of The Adventures of Patty and the Big Red Bus, Aliens Are Coming!, and Strong Man. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Publishers Weekly said "McCarthy's humor is right on target for mischievous younger readers." Her work has also been called "bold," "whimsical," "wacky," and "terribly amusing." Her nonfiction has been called "light hearted but well researched" and "action
packed."

For more information than you'd ever want to know about Meghan and her books, go to www.meghan-mccarthy.com & www.aliensarecoming.com. Once you enter you'll have a hard time leaving! Lots of free stuff! Fun for the parents! Fun for the kids! Fun for everyone!

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Bought this book for my 5 year old boy.
Peter North
This book is fun with pictures that incorporates facts in a way that keeps the reader interested.
Blueherons
I'd recommend this book to any parent with children interested in space or becoming an astronaut.
Emily Parrino

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Back up! Back up swiftly now, because I don't know how much longer I can hold her in. She's coming out, I can feel it. Yes... YES... It's the return of Curmudgeonly Old Lady and there's nothing I can do to stop her tirades! Flee for your very life!

Why when I was a mere wisp of a girl of four or five do you know whom every girl my age wanted to be? No, not Mary Lou Retton (though that would be a strong guess). It was Sally Ride. Every child my age knew exactly who Sally Ride was. First American woman in space? How awesome was that? And because I'm talking about the height of Sally Ride fever, we kids spent a lot of time thinking about outer space and what it would be like to travel to the moon. The moon landing was a mere fourteen years before and the Challenger tragedy would happen when I was eight. Basically, space stuff was in the news and incredibly important. Now look at these young `uns today. Do they have the same space fervor of my generation? We're almost prepped to go to Mars, but do they care? Well, probably a lot of them do. But where are the books out there meant to feed their fever? The titles that make traveling in space sound fun and interesting? And not the older stuff for the ten-year-olds either. I'm talking picture book non-fiction titles for five-year-olds that make outer space out to be really cool. Well, there's probably one or two titles out there already in existence, but I doubt that many of them are as enjoyable and visually arresting as author/illustrator Meghan McCarthy's latest. A specialist in the realm of the fun informational picture book, Ms. McCarthy presents the reader with four kids bent on becoming astronauts. If ever there was a space-related whistle whetter, this would be it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Williams on November 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
How cool is this book! It made me want to become and astronaut!
The book covers the basics of what it takes to become an astronaut, the types of astronauts there are, the training required, and then tidbits of what it's like in space, with a page devoted the parts of the spacesuit, and a page devoted to the workings of the space toilet. The illustrations are not totally my style, but they work, and certainly make space life look exciting. There's more information in the back matter, and suggestions for places to visit, books to read, etc. All in all, I simply adored this concept and the execution. I mean, the Vomit Comet and freeze-dried ice cream! What's not to love! :)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Kay Poulos on March 12, 2009
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I am a Pre-K teacher and my class loved this book! It is very informative with bold and simple illustrations! It is a wonderful addition to a lesson plan about outer space and astronauts!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Valvool on October 25, 2013
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My eight-year-old boy and nine-year-old girl enjoyed this book as a short, fun break from schoolwork; it's entertaining enough for a third grader to read alone without being babyish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tnar on January 3, 2014
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I bought this to go a long with a space play set for my 4 year old son. I love that it has bright and colorful pictures and the information, though basic, is accurate. I like that it didn't just talk about flying a space shuttle but has other jobs for astronauts. I've already had to read this to my son 10 times since Christmas. It's a hit!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2013
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I love this book. What bad can you say about an Astronaut book for children. Don't all children want to be an astronaut?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. OBrien on October 13, 2013
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my son wants to be an astronaut for halloween so we bought a few astronaut space themed books for him (to ensure he stayed interested and did not change his mind the day before like last year!) and he has loved this one he even took it to show and tell at school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily Parrino on September 10, 2013
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I bought this book for my 4-year-old son when he was going through a space phase. We read it every night for a spell. I like that the author approaches the topic of becoming an astronaut as if she were giving real advice to children in a space program. She encourages kids to study hard, keep fit, learn to be a team player and toughen up. Then, she introduces some of the skills and equipment needed to be an astronaut. My son particularly liked the pages describing the various components of the astronaut food tray, the space toilet and the space suit. The last pages of the book include "fascinating facts" and a list of other resources. As a side note, the whimsical illustrations feature racially and gender diverse astronauts, which I think is important for children's books. I'd recommend this book to any parent with children interested in space or becoming an astronaut.
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