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There's Nothing to Do on Mars Hardcover – February 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316166847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316166843
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Chris Gall is the award-winning author and illustrator of Dear Fish, There's Nothing to Do on Mars, and his most recent, Dinotrux, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2009. His books have received numerous starred reviews and awards including a Borders Original Voices Book for 2006 for Dear Fish and a Kirkus Best Children's Book for 2008 for There's Nothing to Do on Mars. Chris has won a multitude of awards from organizations like the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts Magazine, and is also the illustrator of America the Beautiful, a Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Book of 2004. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

More About the Author

Chris Gall has been drawing pictures and writing stories for as long as he can remember. When he was caught drawing pictures on his desk in second grade, his teacher made him clean all the desks in the classroom. She suggested that he might be an artist someday. He won a Read Magazine Young Writer's Award in 7th grade, and that inspired him to write stories to go with his art. His artwork has been seen in almost every publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. His first book, "America the Beautiful", was a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2004. "There's Nothing To Do On Mars" was a 2008 Kirkus Best Children's Book, and "Dinotrux" was a 2009 Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book.

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We love this book and have read it nearly every night since we purchased it!
Dave Casteel
Both the story and illustrations are interesting for both kids and adults, for repeated readings.
Greg J. Lovern
Written by award-winning illustrator, Chris Gall, it is filled with unique illustrations.
K. A. Stevenson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By R. Smith on March 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While the other reviewers noted the charm of this book in general 'fun and nice for a child' ways, I have a different slant. Being a child of the Apollo days and growing up when the idea of going to another planet was the only thrill that could be imagined I've become a bit empty over the decades noticing that that excitement is no longer a major force in our children's lives. Politicians talktalktalk about Education (the industry) while they slashslashslash the budgets of programs that actually make children have a reason to want to learn anything.

But on I hope.

My son is now four and I have looked several times for space oriented books but have overwhelmingly found only science books targetted at 10+ kids (and even then the mentions of Humans on other worlds are depressingly tinged with the yellow of it all having happened three generations in the past, making the excitement level about as high as hearing about Columbus; Mildly important but not anything that that seems like something that they can grow up to do themselves and definitely not something that a little kid can ponder doing right now in their current little bodies).

While poking through the store shelves, with a copy of SkippyJohnJones in my hand I spotted this... luckily far away from the science books and instead "where the fun books are, daddy"

The artwork (amazingly *Hand-Engraved* out of clay covered board, it explains in very tiny print on the copyright page) is like a mix of 30's pulp scifi but with a touch of atomic age, and the simple text, not more than a handful of sentences on each page, made it really jump out as being quality but also easy for a little guy or girl.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dave Casteel on April 17, 2008
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Beautifully illustrated and story line leaving plenty of room for a young imagination to fill in. We love this book and have read it nearly every night since we purchased it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Stevenson VINE VOICE on January 18, 2008
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THERE'S NOTHING TO DO ON MARS is the delightful and charming book of a very bored boy named Davey Martin. His family has just moved to Mars (in a spaceship, which resembles a pre-1950s Airstream trailer!) and he is contemplating that age-old question of "there's nothing to do!"

Written by award-winning illustrator, Chris Gall, it is filled with unique illustrations. I especially liked how Polaris, the dog, looked just like MY dog! (Well, except for the little antenna tail!)LOL Davey was portrayed in the coolest manner as well. His face and spacesuit were reminiscent of the art from the 1930's - 1950's. And totally loved his tennis shoes!

The Martians and monsters on Mars were scary and fun! Unfortunately they smelled really, really BAD - because they hadn't bathed in like forever!

Join Davey and Polaris, his dog, as they set out for adventure on Mars; build forts; and make discoveries...on Mars. It will help all students and kids come to the realization that you can explore and find fun and excitement WHEREVER you go!

This book is a treasure for old and young alike. It would be especially helpful as a gift for any youngster whose family is moving or who is "the new kid at school." And if your child is constantly complaining, "Mom! I'm BORED! There's NOTHING to do!" - well, it would be sooo totally appropriate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg J. Lovern on August 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We've had this book for about a year and a half now, and it has been a strong favorite the whole time. My kids love to have it read to them, and I'm always glad when one of them picks it for bedtime reading.

The illustrations are fantastic -- both at first glance, and on careful scrutiny. Many of them have interesting details that you don't notice at first. The story is fun and engaging. There are real learning opportunities while reading it. Both the story and illustrations are interesting for both kids and adults, for repeated readings.

I give this book my highest recommendation.
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