FICTION

Astronaut Annie

illus. by Nicole Tadgell. 36p. Tilbury House. Mar. 2018. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780884485230.
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K-Gr 2—Annie is preparing for Career Day at school, and is trying to follow her teacher's directive to keep her career choice a secret. Every evening she works on her costume while her family asks for hints. Grandpop gives her a camera in hopes she will aspire to be a journalist like him. Grandma tells her about her days winning awards for her desserts and lets Annie borrow her mixing bowl and oven mitts. Dad is convinced that she'll wants to be a mountain climber like him; and when Mom asks for a hint, she gives Annie some high-top sneakers hoping Annie will be a basketball player like she is. Annie does not commit to any of her family members' career choices, but in the end shows that she can blend something from everyone and make it her own. Readers will have no doubt that Annie is well equipped to follow her dream to travel into space. The illustration of her room shows planets hanging from the ceiling, stars and moons on her bedspread and tissue box, space posters on the walls, and a telescope for stargazing. Tadgell's watercolor illustrations are kid-friendly and complementary to Slade's concise storytelling. Back matter gives a short biography of four female astronauts, information about the phases of the moon, and a list of sources to learn more.
VERDICT Strong, succinct text with complementary illustrations make this a great purchase for school and public library collections.

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