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Outer space bedtime race
Sanders, Rob, 1958- , author.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2015]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"Aliens from all planets race to complete their quirky bedtime routines"--
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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Aaaaaand they're off . . . to bed! Aliens from every planet rocket through their out-of-this-world bedtime routines-they sink into steamy crater bubble baths and shimmy into deep-sleep suits, just like you (almost)! Brian Won's glowing graphic art pops off the page, and Rob Sanders's goofy rhymes will have kids racing to snuggle under the covers and blast off to dreamland.

Author Notes

ROB SANDERS is a writer who teaches and a teacher who writes. A native of Springfield, Missouri, he has also lived in Texas, Alabama, and Tennessee. After earning degrees in elementary and religious education, Rob worked for fifteen years in children's religious educational publishing as a writer, educational consultant, editor, editorial group manager, and product developer.

While the earth is busy orbiting the sun, BRIAN WON is usually stationary, enjoying space ice cream (Neapolitan) and writing and illustrating children's books, such as Hooray for Hat! He lives in Southern California, where he comes in second place every night when his family races off to sleep.

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Booklist Review

In this space-based bedtime book, two earthling boys are bedding down for the night. Meanwhile, Earth races around the sun, along with seven other planets and the dwarf planet Pluto. And on each of those worlds, alien kids are also preparing for sleep and dozing off. On Venus, Kids shimmy into deep-sleep suits / and rubberized compression boots. / They sip on warm Galactic Goop / and slurp the slime chunks, scoop by scoop. On Mercury, they squeeze together in sleep chambers for the night, while kids on Jupiter count moons on their 12 fingers and 6 toes until sleep comes. In this way, the solar system is introduced as a friendly neighborhood. While the planetary-race theme isn't well integrated with the rest of the story, the rhymed couplets keep the narrative going forward at a good pace. Well crafted, richly colorful, and dynamic, the digital artwork offers a creative take on the solar system and its amiable aliens. An imaginative picture book.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2015 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-While children race to bed each night on Earth in familiar ways, aliens have their own rituals for falling asleep. In Outer Space Bedtime Race, readers are introduced to concepts about the solar system through a rhyming portrayal of bedtime across the galaxy. The text is a healthy mix of information and downright silliness: "The Mercury kids land rocket ships, then hurry to their nightly dips. They glide along on rocky paths to steamy crater bubble baths." The trip through outer space is fancifully depicted by Won with stellar graphic art. The illustrations capture details of each planet including rings, moons, and even volcanoes. VERDICT Paired with the factoid sheet at the end of the book, this funny bedtime story will be a great companion to nonfiction books about outer space.-Megan Egbert, Meridian Library District, ID (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.