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Margaret Mayo is an acclaimed storyteller and author of several bestselling children's titles. A former teacher, she uses her wide-ranging experience with children in her writing. She lives in Brighton. Alex Ayliffe is a well-known children's book illustrator, whose distinctive papercut illustrations have great child appeal. Her board book Boo Barney won the Sainsbury's Baby Book Award.


This onomatopoeic celebration of space exploration shows off what a team of astronauts, as well as their equipment, are capable of after a rocket launches into space. As in these collaborators' Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! the text is dominated by energetic sound effects and action words: "Lift off! Launching!/ Whoo-oom!/ Up they go, zooming./ Blasting into space." The free-flowing verse is set into Ayliffe's chunky cut-paper collages whose bright colors give the book an exuberant sense of adventure. The typography (which varies in size to emphasize the sound effects and verbs) zigzags across the page, as if free from gravity itself. Different vehicles and apparatus are introduced, along with descriptions of what each is "good at": "Moon buggies are good at roll, roll, rolling,/ round wheels turning, soft dust gripping,/ across the humpy, lumpy moon... bumpety-bumping./ Exploring up in space." A lunar module, space shuttle, space station, space satellite, robot spacecraft, and robot rover are also spotlighted; their images are reproduced on the endpapers, presenting a guessing-game opportunity. A diverting mix of fact and fancy. Ages 3-6. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

PreS-Gr 1-This high-energy blend of kinetic rhyme and cut-paper collage pictures will put stars in the eyes of new and pre-readers as it introduces spacecraft from rockets and shuttles to Moon buggies. An irresistible invitation to visit the International Space Station, walk and ride on the Moon, then travel far, far beyond. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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