Roeser, Matt Oh No, Astro! Illustrated by Brad Woodard. PICTURE BOOK. Simon and Schuster, 2016. $17.99. Content: G.
Astro is an asteroid who likes his personal “space” and expects everyone else to steer clear. Unfortunately one day a satellite hits into him which results in Astro hurtling through outer space and out of his comfort zone. At first he is humiliated by predicament, but soon realizes that there is a whole world full of fun and friends that he has been missing.
All the elements of a good picture book are here, but still the book is just so-so. The pictures are nice, the storyline has enough action to keep the attention of children, and it has a good message, but it is nothing spectacular. There are attempts at humor aimed primarily at adults (like the play on words with personal “space”), but the jokes fall a little flat. However, this might be a great book for children interested in outer space or it could be used to introduce a classroom unit on space. The last page contains space facts for those who want to learn more.
EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL. Reviewer: MM.