Life on Mars – Jon Agee


   Life on Mars – Jon Agee, Dial Books for Young Readers, (9780399538520), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5+

What did you like about the book? A boy lands his spaceship on Mars. The young astronaut walks around, looking for proof of life, holding a gift box tied with a bow. He doesn’t notice a pink creature that pops out of a crater and amazingly, remains unaware of the giant Martian shadowing him as he wanders the gloomy landscape. Finding a flower, the boy is thrilled – evidence of life! His only scare comes when he thinks he’s lost, but then he climbs a hill (actually the creature’s body!) and regains his bearings. Heading home, the boy finally opens his box, and can’t figure out why, instead of chocolate cupcakes inside, there are only crumbs left. Readers will love being in on the secret while the main character remains clueless. This story has everything a great story should have: age appropriate adventure, humor, and drama.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  I loved everything – A perfect story!

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would be great fun to read aloud for a storytime.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with Picture Books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  3/18/17

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