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Earth space moon base
Price, Ben Joel, author, illustrator.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
An unlikely trio lands on a planet and keeps the inhabitants at bay using bananas.
Reading Level:
AD 320 Lexile.

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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area

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A spaceman, a robot, and a cheeky monkey use a most unusual method to protect Earth from hungry, googly-eyed moon aliens. Ben Joel Price's offbeat rhymes and colorful, retro-style illustrations evoke a funny little world away from ours, which will captivate readers young and old.

Author Notes

BEN JOEL PRICE is a modern artist, illustrator and graphic designer. He is director of Symetria, a British greeting card company (he was once asked to produce a birthday card for the Queen!). This is his first illustrated children's book.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The clipped title of this picture-book debut sets up the rhyming pattern of the rest of the story: Open the hatch. Down we go. . . . / Where does it end? Soon we'll know. Where we're going is, well, a space base, where our heroic crew a spaceman, a robot, and a cheeky monkey! are packing their saucer for a space trip of undescribed purpose. Price uses disorientation to his advantage, constantly showing puzzling activities, being cagey about what's being depicted, and often seeming as baffled as the reader: Monkey is sent out to explore. / Why he's dropping bananas, we're not quite sure. There is an explanation, though, as the robotic, straight-edged, silver-heavy illustrations at last give way to a burst of color a rippling, tentacled, multi-eyed horde of alien beasts crawling from a crater. It's actually a tad scary, but all ends well: the bananas are to sate the beasts so that they don't eat people. Bonus: the book ends with pictures and descriptions of each alien, from Snoolab to Kroblit to Voog.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

British artist Price (Love Bites) mixes polished draftsmanship, the eerie loneliness of outer space, and an unusual team of astronauts in his first book for children. Limiting himself to a palette of cool gray-blues accented with orange and yellow (until the green and purple aliens show up, that is), Price pans across the desolate lunar setting. Readers are led down a long ladder-"Open the hatch/ Down we go"-where a spaceman, monkey and robot load a flying saucer with boxes of bananas. The robot trains a camera on a deep crater, and the monkey ventures out with a space hose, spraying bananas around the crater's mouth. What are the bananas meant to do? "Then, all of a sudden, something shoots out!/ Tentacles squirm and thrash about!" This is official lunar policy, apparently; the lumpy aliens are kept at bay with regular doses of bananas: "Sleepy and full, the creatures retreat./ They've all had far too much to eat." The contrast between the deadpan, highly technical spreads and the Monty Pythonesque humor will keep listeners riveted-and giggling. Ages 3-7. Agent: Isabel Atherton, Creative Authors. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.