Returning fans will appreciate how Horn stays true to Eudora’s quirky personality in this entertaining tale, though she’s treading more grown-up waters this time around. Captain Jax is feeling blue because he can’t muster the confidence to ask Eudora’s teacher, Miss Allison, on a date—a problem that Eudora believes she can solve by proposing the Captain and Miss Allison go on a double date with Eudora and her best friend, Arnold. Eudora, of course, offers to do the asking, and with the help of her sister learns the necessary etiquette to make the date a success. In the process, the story touches on welcome lessons for readers on weightier concepts like self-esteem and the importance of personal choice, as when Miss Allison discovers not just one but two gentlemen are eager for her affections, meaning she must choose which would be the better fit.
Judit Tondora’s black and white illustrations will elicit laughs and draw out the more subtle details of the story, and Horn matches the series’ tone with a light, carefree ending—and fun details that illustrate life in space, like Arnold’s special-delivery blueberries straight from Earth. Readers won’t want to miss this one—in Eudora’s own words, “It’s not every day you get to help the captain.”
Takeaway: Space adventure full of laughs and matchmaking hijinks.
Comparable Titles: Ray O’Ryan’s The Galaxy Zach Collection, Jeramey Kraatz’s Space Runners series.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A