Cover Image: AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet

AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

I liked this book but not as much as Jon Scieszka's other books (which I think are simply wonderful!). However, having said this, I think that this will be right up lots of children's street, as the characters and plot are funny, silly and wacky!
Was this review helpful?
Scieszka was probably my introduction to absurdist humor early in my reading career so I've made it a point to read his books ever since. This one certainly has a solid base. We have these crazy animal astronauts, each with a central personality trait and a central flaw. The plot construction is simple and fairly predictable. This simplicity is not outweighed by the humor. I also found the message fairly heavy handed. Don't get me wrong - climate change is a serious probably. I didn't love being scolded by the planet in the narrative, though. Not only is it preachy, it takes the form of an intrusive narrator, detracting from the plot
Was this review helpful?
Dav Pilkey fans will probably enjoy the AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet, where enhanced animals venture into space to find a planet suitable for earthlings to move to if we keep destroying our own planet via global warming. Jon Scieszka pairs space travel, and science in this humorous story that introduces the concept of global warming to young people.
#AstroNutsMissionOneThePlantPlanet #NetGalley #ARC
Was this review helpful?
I received an electronic ARC from Chronicle Books through NetGalley.
A serious message wrapped in humor from page one. The four AstroNuts were created to find a Goldilocks Planet for Earth's inhabitants if the situation on the planet became dire. It did and they were launched into space to explore the Plant Planet. 
Plenty of adventure and silliness for elementary level readers. The absurdity appeals at many reading levels. Scieszka also slips in plenty of science throughout.
Don't miss the informative text on how the illustrations were created at the end of the book.
Looking forward to the second adventure.
Was this review helpful?
AstroNuts is out of this world hilarious and with some serious facts tucked in between the absurdity.  I set this book in front of an 11 year old and watched him dive in with wild abandon.  His cackles and giggles echoing from between the pages as he kept reading to the end and then asked when the next book would be out!
Was this review helpful?
This book will appeal to many readers, especially reluctant readers. The colorful pictures and variety of text will interest readers of all ages.  This would make an excellent addition to my classroom library.
Was this review helpful?
This is a very funny science fiction about a serious topic-climate change.  A group of AstroNuts has been dispatched (via a secret rocket in Thomas Jefferson's nose, hidden inside Mount Rushmore) to find a Goldilocks planet, one that's just right for humans.  The story has a terrific balance between science and hilarious action .  The art work is collage based on old engravings with bright colors and cartoony drawings that are highly energetic.   I think the kids are going to love this one and teachers will be able to justify reading this craziness because of the excellent science.  Perfect!
Was this review helpful?
I was really excited to read this book because I love Jon Scieszka books. This book has funny characters and the premise is funny. The pages were a little busy for me to follow but I think that kids would enjoy it. Readers would need some guidance on how to navigate the text.
Was this review helpful?
Review copy courtesy of NetGalley.

A wacky hybrid picture book slash chapter book that I think could be a winner in a library where off the wall reads are popular.
Was this review helpful?
Huge fan of Jon Scieszka. AstroNuts is great for adult children and children. The book has vibrate colors and great illustrations. Of course, the characters in the book are a little nuts, but that makes them all the more enjoyable. The book also teaches the reader about plants and ecosystems in a fun way. My middle school student enjoyed the book too.
Was this review helpful?
AstroNuts Mission One is a zany adventure tale with a quartet of humorously flawed heroes on a mission to find a new Goldilocks planet, since Earth (who narrates the story) is suffering a serious case of human-induced, global-warming flu. The plot is freewheeling, with more serious interjections about the cause and effects of global warming on the Earth (which, in contrast, approach heavy-handedness). With each of the animal hybrid AstroNuts being constructed for a specific task (and, indeed, plot point), there is not much actual interaction between the main characters; they each perform their designed task, and the sum equals the plot. It will be interesting to see how the character profiles will work in creating future plots--if there will be interaction and development. or if this is a one-joke series. The collage illustrations are lively, with subtle giveaways that all is not as our heroes believe things to be. The artist provides an end note in regard to collage sources, with an invitation for the reader to try their own hand at collage.
Was this review helpful?
This graphic novel tells the story of some funny astronauts, or astro-nuts (genetically modified animals), who are shot into space (in a rocket made from Mount Rushmore's Thomas Jefferson's nose), and are tasked with exploring  the Plant Planet to see if humans can live there.  They've made a mess of the planet Earth and need a new home. Throughout the book we see the different things these creatures encounter on the new planet -lots of plants (obviously), water, and food sources.  They even get in an exciting fight with some strangling vines.  Read this graphic novel to see some of the exciting activities that the AstroNuts engage in, as well as a possible need for a jailbreak. 

The illustrations in this graphic novel are really fun.  Kids will enjoy the AsroNuts and their quirky personalities.  I would recommend this for upper elementary through high school.
Was this review helpful?
Pretty funny introduction to climate science - you don’t even realize it’s about climate science! 

The science in it seems pretty good, too! It’s always nice to have a fun learning experience. Recommended - both for learning and for fun! 

Thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for a copy in return for an honest review.
Was this review helpful?
I would read anything by Jon Scieszka, hands down.  I have used his creative work in undergraduate and graduate reading courses as wonderful examples of engaging texts.  AstroNuts is no exception.  The combination of a fun story and striking images would prove appealing for a wide range of readers.  I'm glad to recommend this book as yet another text from Scieszka sure to spark an interest.
Was this review helpful?
This book was received as an ARC from Chronicle Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Jon Scieszka's signature stories come to life once again. This time he takes a popular yet boring school topic and made it into such an interactive series that readers will not even know that they are learning. From the title I knew the book was going to be entertaining yet hysterical. I am excited to see this become a series and children of all ages will appreciate the humor associated with this book. I also found it very humorous that plants can be alive and have minds of their own thinking that they do not react well to unknown creatures such as The Nuts. I could not stop reading and laughing at the same time, I have never laughed so hard in my life.

We will consider adding this title to our JFiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
Was this review helpful?