Mission Moon
Mission Moon

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Series: CatStronauts Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Alerted to a global energy crisis, the President consults with the World's Best Scientist, who suggests sending a special group of astronauts to turn the Moon into a solar power plant.
Catalog Number: #166753
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel Chapter Book Chapter Book
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 160
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-30745-9 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1971-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-30745-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1971-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2015039108
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
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ALA Booklist
Earth is running perilously low on energy, so the world's best scientist proposes a daring solution: a solar power plant on the moon! But who has the moxie to pull off such a scheme? Blanket, Pom Pom, Waffles, and Major Meowser e CatStronauts, of course. Brockington's off-the-wall kitty sci-fi series packs the full-color panels with cute cats, space travel, and comical high jinks. The feline universe is peppered with jokes, from the name of the CatStronauts' space agency to Waffles' obsession with tuna, and the simplified, rounded shapes of the cats and open panel layouts add to the cartoonish appeal. Tension arises when the CatStronauts encounter some trouble en route to the moon, but with their combined skills (and the help of Blanket's top-secret project), they return to Earth victorious. A second installment, in which the CatStronauts compete with other cat space agencies to reach Mars, will be released simultaneously. Cats and space are perennial favorites, and the combination here is sure to elicit lots of giggles among middle-grade comics fans.
Horn Book
The CatStronauts undertake a dangerous mission to install solar panels on the moon in hopes of averting a global energy crisis (Moon), then compete against other countries' astronauts in a space race (Mars). Both times, loyalty and teamwork--and snacks, and a clever robot--save the day. Simple dialogue (in small print), personality-rich illustrations, and plenty of humor make for engaging, unabashedly silly graphic-novel adventures.
Kirkus Reviews
A group of adorable astronaut cats must venture to the moon to remediate the Earth's energy crisis. In a world like ours, only populated by anthropomorphic cats, all of felinity is plagued by electrical blackouts, which are quickly becoming more frequent. Their bumbling commander in chief places a quick call to the World's Best Scientist, and before one can say "meow," the CatStronauts are on the case. Blanket, Pom Pom, Waffles, and Mr. Meowser must fly to the moon to construct a solar power plant to help alleviate the looming power catastrophe. Will the lovable feline heroes be able to complete their lunar mission and save the day? Brockington's graphic offering is good, smart fun, with unapologetically charming and playful characters and gentle science lessons. His feline world mirrors ours in a clever and familiar way, exploring real and contemporary issues (like depleting energy stores) through an entertaining and comedic lens. In simultaneous release, the next volume, Race to Mars, examines the space race between the CatStronauts and other cat nations, keeping in stride with the feel-good tone and STEM inclinations established in its predecessor. With its appealing blend of cuteness, substance, and humor, this should have readers over the moon. (Graphic science fiction. 6-10)
Publishers Weekly
First in the CatStronauts series, newcomer Brockington-s graphic novel for the chapter book crowd casts short, fireplug-bodied cats in the place of human astronauts, providing rich opportunities for jokes. Waffles, Major Meowser, Pom Pom, and Blanket are summoned when an energy crisis hits Brockington-s cat-run version of the U.S. and instructed to install a solar power plant on the moon. Humor and suspense compete throughout, and as goofy as the mission is, the pacing and arc of actual moon landings give this version its own preset climax and triumphant conclusion. Capturing the action in playful, mock-heroic, full-color cartoons, Brockington mines space theater for everything from tense drama (-We-re supposed to be the CatStronauts. The best of the best. But we-re acting like a bunch of barn kittens-) to technology (-I can hook up Cat-Stro-Bot to the main computer and use his ear sensor arrays as a backup navigation system-). Even the chapter headings get in on the fun, picturing a can of tuna drifting gently through the darkness of deep space. Available simultaneously: Race to Mars. Ages 6-10. Agent: Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. (Apr.)

Word Count: 3,112
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 189625 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.4 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q75216
Lexile: GN410L
Guided Reading Level: T
Fountas & Pinnell: T

CatStronauts, you are needed!


When the world is thrust into darkness due to a global energy shortage, the Worlds Best Scientist comes up with a bold plan to set up a solar power plant on the moon. But someone has to go up there to set it up, and that adventure falls to the CatStronauts, the best space cats on the planet! Meet the fearless commander Major Meowser, brave-but-hungry pilot Waffles, genius technician and inventor Blanket, and quick thinking science officer Pom Pom on their most important mission yet!

In this graphic novel, debut author and illustrator Drew Brockington breathes life into a world populated entirely by cats, brimming with jokes, charm, science, and enough big boxes and tuna sandwiches for everyone!


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