Do you remember the review I did for AstroNuts Mission one? Yes, these crazy misfits have been upgraded and they are back for their second mission, this time to a Water Planet. What can we learn about taking care of our own planet as we follow along with AstroNuts Mission Two?
What I am Reviewing
Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg are back with AstroNuts Mission Two: The Water Planet. I am reviewing an Advanced Readers Copy, only a few of the pages were done in full-colour. 228 pages, geared to youth 8-12 years old, a graphic novel that uses humour throughout. Published by Chronicle Books.
From the cover: The book follows a new mission, where AstroWolf, LaserShark, SmartHawk, and StinkBug must find a planet fit for human life after we’ve finally made Earth unlivable.
After they splash-land on the Water Planet, they find power-hungry clams, a rebellious underwater force, and a world full of too-good-to-be-true. Can this aquatic world really be humans’ new home? And why are these clams so eager to swap planets?
The Details for AstroNuts Misson Two
Take a moment to imagine this team: AstroWolf, LaserShark, SmartHawk, and StinkBug. Bioengineered and intelligent they have a number of unique skills. BUT they have much to learn about working together and how to function well as a team for the good of Earth.
Author Jon Scieszka uses humour to make this adventure comic a good read for middle school youth. While Steven Weinberg includes lots of colour to convey the wonder of The Water Planet.
You’ll find good use of math and science throughout. Isn’t that a great way to encourage the love of these sciences?
Each of the characters has lessons to learn with teamwork being a big part of it. How do you set aside your own agenda to do what is good and right for others?
Easy to read, with intrigue and danger. The question is… could the AstroNuts figure out what was going on before it was too late?
Should you get Astronuts Mission Two?
I personally find AstroNuts Mission Two to be a bit odd. The four main characters are so unique it was hard to take them seriously. But I could see their appeal to readers on the lower end of the middle school grades.
From an environmental, political treatise…it’s worth a second look. It’s good to think through the implications of some of the actions we take. It is very good to consider how we can take care of our planet better.