FICTION

AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet

­Chronicle. (AstroNuts: Bk. 1). Sept. 2019. 220p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781452171197.
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Gr 2-5–Here is a wacky tale, heavy with glossy pages of vibrant graphics, that will appeal to “Captain Underpants” and “Geronimo Stilton” devotees. Overrun with pollution, Earth’s atmosphere reaches uninhabitable levels, forcing NNASA (Not the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to deploy four mutated animal astronauts (misspelled in transmission as “AstroNuts”). The animals were superpowered with scientific talents to find an ideal planet for relocating humanity. AlphaWolf is the boss, deployed to find intelligent life; SmartHawk is tasked with inspecting the new planets’ climates and ecosystems; LaserShark must search for delicious food; and StinkBug seeks shelter. Readers will cheer for these (mostly) heroic and aptly named nuts as they haphazardly explore a seemingly perfect plant planet.
VERDICT This first in a new sci-fi series checks key boxes: it is funny, full of nonstop action, and jammed with plenty of science factoids.

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