A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Educational ValueThe story and illustrations are a realistic portrayal of the space program. Facts about Mars and space travel are woven into the tale, and illustrations show some of the practicalities of life in space, such as being strapped down to sleep. A four-page afterword is packed with information about Mars and NASA's projects, though the writing style there is better suited to older readers.
Positive MessagesNo one is too small to be a hero.
Positive Role ModelsMeteor works very hard to try to earn a place aboard the rocket. Although he sneaks aboard without permission, he stays out of the way until he might be helpful. The astronauts work as a team and find a way to put Meteor's particular skills to good use.
Parents Need to KnowParents need to know that Meteor is a stowaway in Mousetronaut Goes to Mars, the sequel to astronaut Mark Kelly's first picture book, Mousetronaut. He doesn't face any consequences for sneaking onto the spacecraft and ends up being celebrated as a hero for saving the mission. As in Mousetronaut, Kelly presents a vivid, realistic peek into the space program through Meteor's eyes.
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