The first in a new series of hilariously funny, early reader sci-fi chapter books perfect for elementary-aged kids. Meet Eudora Jenkins, the math and science whiz who lives in SPACE!
Eudora is a normal 3rd grader. A normal 3rd grader who lives on a 36 deck AstroLiner. In space. A normal girl adopted by what you might call . . . aliens. Whose mom is a dog-like species named Pox who runs the onboard jail (brig) and whose dad is an octopus-like species from the planet Pow. A girl who has normal ambitions, like being the chief engineer on an AstroLiner. A girl who comes up with a plan to prove her worth by improving her ship’s engines and breaking all known speed records. Will she succeed and earn a promotion? Or will she end up in the brig? Again . . .
Brilliant for engaging emergent and early chapter book readers.
Eudora’s propensity for comic situations and entertaining side comments will have readers of all ages in stitches: she sets a goal to enact “Flip-Flop Fridays” when she is in charge, pals around with a pet "drago" she has christened Bologna, and encourages loud booing whenever anyone mentions the alien Qlaxons, insisting “[t]hey are the meanest aliens out there, and you want to annoy them by saying boo.” Not to be taken lightly, however, Eudora is a stereotype-breaking, clever kid who craves adventure and shatters through barriers—even as she informs readers that “[s]paceships are cold, so you need warm socks.” Eudora wants nothing more than to rocket to first-in-command, and her intuition—“Grown-ups don’t like it when us kids know how to do adult things”—is spot-on.
Horn hits the jackpot for younger audiences with his feisty, high-spirited heroine, and Talitha Shipman’s black and white graphics carry the comic torch–from side-splitting diagrams of Qlaxon armor, complete with “pointy boots” and a “floofy” tail, to the Star Trek-inspired spaceship bridge where officers are shown sipping soda during maneuvers. Eudora inspires while she delights, and early readers will be lining up for her next galactic crusade.
Takeaway: An entertaining space fling with a spunky but determined heroine.
Great for fans of: Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Dan Gutman’s My Weird School series.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A