There Was an Old Astronaut Who Swallowed the Moon!
There Was an Old Astronaut Who Swallowed the Moon!

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Annotation: In this adaptation of the traditional nursery rhyme, an astronaut swallows the Moon and other celestial objects, while two children ask questions about the Solar System and outer space.
Catalog Number: #181950
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Lee, Jared D.,
Pages: 57 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-338-32507-8 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4346-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-338-32507-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4346-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018036589
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Ever ready to extend her culinary experience, the old lady of song turns to astrophagy.Colandro's 17th (and counting) riff on the classic cumulative rhyme sends the space-suited elder into space to swallow the moon ("It happened at noon at noon"). She then goes on in no obviously logical fashion to chow down on a star, a planet, a comet, a meteoroid, a rocket ("It was next on the docket"), and a satellite—before settling at last, in Lee's frenetically stippled climactic scene, amid a diverse group of awestruck children beneath a gloriously crowded planetarium "sky." In between verses two young and generally earthbound observers, one a child of color and the other white, step in to supply basic astro-facts ("That meteoroid made a loud sound!" observes one; the other explains, "It's a meteorite when it hits the ground") that are extended, at least a little, in a set of closing notes. And a search-and-find game at the end invites emergent stargazers to go back in search of various objects hidden in the cartoon starscapes. The titular old astronaut will be instantly recognizable to fans of the series as the bespectacled, white-bunned, lantern-jawed white protagonist they've come to know.The archetype's patterns are just visible enough to boost this light payload of silliness and STEM-ware into orbit. (Informational picture book. 6-8)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 In this fun retelling of the popular rhyme, the omnivorous old lady is an astronaut. She starts off by eating the moon, a star, a planet, a comet, a meteoroid, a rocket, and, eventually, a satellite. It is then revealed that it was her imagination and that all this time she was in a planetarium observing space up above from the museum. Each rhyming sentence is followed by a true fact about the item being swallowed. The exaggerated cartoon drawings highlight the nonsensical elements of the story, and more detailed material about the celestial bodies is appended. VERDICT A great introduction to early readers who are beginning to learn about space, who will laugh about the adventures of the old astronaut and learn valuable information at the same time. Great for school and library collections. Annmarie Braithwaite, New York Public Library
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Word Count: 442
Reading Level: 2.8
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 501959 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 440L

Scholastic's bestselling OLD LADY becomes an astronaut in this adventure full of hilarious laughs and fun facts about space -- perfect for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing!

There was an old astronaut who swallowed the moon. I don't know why she swallowed the moon. It happened at noon.

Scholastic's bestselling OLD LADY returns in this adventure series with a nonfiction twist that will make you laugh AND learn! In this spin-off, the OLD LADY turns into an OLD ASTRONAUT who travels through space, swallowing a moon... along with a star, a planet, a comet, a meteor, a rocket, and a satellite... Why? Well, it went down just right, that bright satellite!

Two new characters lead the reader through this hilarious adventure while exchanging some awesome facts about outer space for a light take on nonfiction that's perfect for this age. With expanded back matter about the solar system and a search-and-find game at the end, this OLD ASTRONAUT definitely shoots for the stars!

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