The Cosmic Adventures of Astrid and Stella by Sabrina Moyle, illustrated by Eunice Moyle

The Cosmic Adventures of Astrid and Stella by Sabrina Moyle, illustrated by Eunice Moyle. Amulet Books, 2022. 9781419757013 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Format: Hardcover graphic novel

Genre:  Science fiction

What did you like about the book?  Astrid and Stella are two high-energy space explorers ready for adventure.  Their kinetic and often disjointed explorations crammed with side trips will keep readers on their toes.  Bobo, their trusty robot and friend, is always there to explain mishaps and help the duo escape danger.  Digital techniques are used to illustrate the eclectic and often scatterbrained protagonists. Large bolded-text and bright colors creating high energy backdrops will be sure to engage low-level and struggling readers. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? The plot is very high energy and may be a bit too disjointed for some readers.  Word play meant to be comical, such as when they spell planets “planuts”, may go over some readers’ heads.  The dialog is a bit hokey. 

To whom would you recommend this book?  Readers, in grades 1 to 4, who enjoy nutty graphic novels such as Sardine in Outer Space would like this title.  

Who should buy this book? Full of plot twists and turns as well as humorous antagonists, this title will keep graphic novels fans entertained. This would be a good purchase for elementary schools or public libraries that cannot have enough humorous outer space stories on their shelves.

Where would you shelve it? Graphic novels

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

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

Date of review: November 20, 2022

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