FICTION

The Space Walk

Dial. Oct. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525553373.
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PreS-Gr 1–While working in space, Astronaut Randolph Witherspoon starts to feel bored. A space walk would be just the thing to help get rid of the doldrums. Going out for a walk isn’t as easy as one would think. First, he needs to ask permission from Ground Control. Randolph is told that he must eat his lunch, do some exercises, and clean up the spaceship before heading outside. He isn’t too happy about this but he does what he is told. Finally, he heads out. Wait! Ground Control reminds him to dress warmly, bring his camera, be home in time for dinner, and not to talk to strangers. It’s a small price to pay to go outside for a bit. As he floats in space, Randolph takes pictures of everything he sees. There are colorful planets of different sizes all around and interesting constellations and comets that zoom by him. He also snaps some pictures of a new friend he encounters. Will he listen to Ground Control and not talk to the stranger? Children will enjoy this book. Many will find humor in the fact that an adult must obey the same rules they hear all of the time. The main character has similar facial expressions to a child being told what to do. The colors used in the space station are white and flat. Once the astronaut gets out into space, everything seems to pop. The planets are bright and appealing. The bold colors direct eyes toward the character’s surroundings. Even though the middle section does not have any text, there is plenty for children to look at and laugh about.
VERDICT A great read-aloud that children will want to hear again and again.

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