The Resource Mousetronaut : based on a (partially) true story, Mark Kelly ; illustrated by C.F. Payne

Mousetronaut : based on a (partially) true story, Mark Kelly ; illustrated by C.F. Payne

Label
Mousetronaut : based on a (partially) true story
Title
Mousetronaut
Title remainder
based on a (partially) true story
Statement of responsibility
Mark Kelly ; illustrated by C.F. Payne
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A small, but plucky, mouse named Meteor is sure that he can help the Space Shuttle astronauts, and ends up saving the whole mission. Includes facts about NASA and space travel
Character
Illustration
Review
  • K-Gr 2 — In this picture book based on the space shuttle Endeavor , mice are being trained alongside human astronauts and selected to accompany the 2001 mission. Meteor is one of the smallest mice, but the most hardworking. After the suspenseful liftoff, an irreplaceable key gets stuck between control panels, and he hurls into action to save the mission. The concise, energetic writing works in tandem with the highly detailed and expressive, softly crosshatched cartoon art. The tone of the story is celebratory, but also gives an authentic glimpse into daily life on a space shuttle. Close-ups of characters reveal humorous surprise or just pure glee. The astronauts dub Meteor with the title "Mousetronaut" due to his bravery and service. Librarians will want to share the inspiration for this tale included in the afterword, an informative essay on man's quest to overcome gravity and fly. Apparently, during the duration of the flight, only one of the 18 mice onboard the Endeavor playfully and contentedly floated in zero gravity. The rest clung to the cage. The values of being small, useful, solving problems, and working hard-as opposed to being big and strong-will inspire young readers. The bibliography is outstanding as is the kid-friendly list of Internet sources featuring sites with games and videos.—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School, New York City --Sara Lissa Paulson (Reviewed October 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 10, p99)
  • In an afterword, former astronaut Kelly (who is also the husband of Gabrielle Giffords) recalls that on his first Endeavor flight, the research mice on board would have nothing to do with weightlessness and clung to the mesh of their cage for the entire mission—except one, “smaller than the rest, seemed to enjoy the experience and effortlessly floated around the cage.” Inspired by this real-life mouse, Kelly’s first children’s book tells the story of Meteor, a lightly anthropomorphized rodent who turns his tininess into an advantage when an important key gets stuck in a crack between two monitors. The understated, quietly intense prose (“ ‘This isn’t good,’ says the commander. ‘We need that key back’ ”) is just right for the particular breed of hero that is the American astronaut, and the narrative stakes are just high enough for the younger end of the target audience. Payne (Hide-and-Squeak) contributes muscular, handsomely textured images and vivid portraits that make it absolutely clear that space travel is a larger-than-life adventure. Ages 4–8. Agent: Robert Barnett, Williams & Connolly. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed September 24, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 39, p)
  • Diminutive size proves to be an advantage on a shuttle mission. Meteor the mouse would dearly love to join the shuttle crew, but all the other mice know he's too small. The human shuttle commander's had his eye on Meteor, though, and seeing his motivation, chooses him for one of the six mouse spots. Meteor is such a "natural" in zero gravity, he's allowed out of the cage, aka the Mouse Hotel. The human astronauts are busy on spacewalks and conducting experiments, but there's not much for Meteor to do. When the key to the control panel becomes stuck in a tight spot, the commander says, "This isn't good." Human fingers are too thick, but Meteor saves the day. Kelly, a retired astronaut, puts his expertise to work, naturally sliding the tiniest details of life on a shuttle into his story. Even in space, astronauts answer email; it goes without saying that at least one of the astronauts is a woman; and who knew you needed keys on a space shuttle? (Probably appropriately, the exact role of the mice on the mission is never explored.) Payne has a good time with his illustrations, investing little Meteor with a suitably outsized personality and making his multicultural human shuttle crew look normal as normal can be—like Meteor, maybe child readers can become astronauts, too. This little mouse may well inspire some big dreams. (afterword, further reading) (Picture book. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10153328
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kelly, Mark E
Dewey number
  • [E]
  • 813.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Elementary Grade
  • 670
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
  • LG
  • K-2
LC call number
PZ7.K296395
LC item number
Mou 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
  • 5.9.
  • 3.2.
  • 5.9
  • 3.2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Payne, C. F.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Reading Counts RC
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mice
  • Space shuttles
  • Astronauts
  • Mice
  • Space shuttles
  • Astronauts
  • Astronauts
  • Mice
  • Space shuttles
Target audience
preschool
Label
Mousetronaut : based on a (partially) true story, Mark Kelly ; illustrated by C.F. Payne
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn779266103
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781442458321
Lccn
2012008497
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)779266103
Label
Mousetronaut : based on a (partially) true story, Mark Kelly ; illustrated by C.F. Payne
Publication
Note
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn779266103
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781442458321
Lccn
2012008497
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)779266103

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