Trine, Greg Willy Maykit in Space 201 pgs. Houghton Mifflin, 2015. $13.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Willy gets to go on a field trip to another planet, Planet Ed. He leaves the group to go exploring, because his dad was an explorer and he wants to follow in his footsteps, but then he is left behind. He discovers his crush, Cindy, has been left behind too, then together they meet an alien that has been left behind as well. They quickly find out that hungry monsters come out at night and they must figure out how to survive.
The illustrations in this book are really fun and add a lot to the story, but the story itself was just sort of meh. The viewpoint switches to a variety of characters, randomly, and they were very uninteresting (like the pet seagull). The main character, Willy, is also kind of humdrum. Even the action wasn’t that interesting, and the book felt overly long for the events that happened in the story. Its wholesome and has cover appeal so its not a bad choice for 3-4th graders, just not a book that I would spend my limited funding on.
EL(K-3), EL –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.