Pluto Gets the Call written by Adam Rex, Illustrated by Laurie Keller

     Pluto Gets the Call written by Adam Rex, Illustrated by Laurie Keller, Beach Lane Books, 9781534414532, 2019

Format: Hardcover, 32 pages

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

Genre: Nonfiction-space

What did you like about the book? This title is a lighthearted, yet informational text that is sure to entertain young readers for a long time!  Illustrations, digitally created, are sure to keep readers turning pages. The main character, Pluto, is our humorous narrator as we take our journey through the solar system and learn facts about all of the planets.  Each planet has its own personality, from jovial to grumpy, and engage Pluto, upset about his lack of planet hood, as he makes his trip visiting each. Concise and easy to read, even for the antsiest, this title is sure to please space lovers with its animation and humor.  Facts are from NASA so this would work well in a classroom as well as a home bookshelf. The list of facts on the back pages are helpful and a good resource for trivia or just plain fun.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  If they find any more moons, the back pages may become dated.

To whom would you recommend this book? Teachers and Library Teachers could easily use this text in elementary and intermediate schools.  Readers in grades 2 and up who enjoy reading about our solar system would enjoy this title.

Who should buy this book? Readers who enjoy space, teachers/library teachers who teach the planets in elementary school, would find this book useful.  

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction-space

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside at the top of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: December 8, 2019


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