What's AstroNuts about?
It’s happening now – humans have gone too far, wrecking planet Earth. We might need to find a new planet. But who could possibly help us do that? The AstroNuts!
Lucky for us, back in the 1980s, NNASA (NotNASA) created four secret super-powered Animal Astronauts — AlphaWolf, SmartHawk, LaserShark, and StinkBug.
They were built to be automatically launched into space to check out possible Goldilocks planets if things on Earth ever got too bad. Unlucky for us, things just got too bad.
The AstroNuts first destination, the Plant Planet, looks just right.
It has oxygen, shelter, water, and no obvious intelligent life. But what if plant life has a mind of its own? And what if that mind has one very scary plan for our AstroNuts?
How we made it:
I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEW SERIES.
I was lucky to get to dive into the entire art collection of the Royal Dutch Museum, The Rijksmusem,in order to collage every little inch of this book. You can see a whole lot more about the process working with all that Public Domain art in this visual essay I did for Hyperallergic.
You can also learn more about this whole series on our website AstroNuts.Space.
Where we are touring:
LAUNCH THE SERIES WITH ME AND JON
THIS FRIDAY 9/13 6PM AT COMMUNITY BOOKSTORE IN PARK SLOPE!
We'll be reading from the book, drawing a whole lot of pictures, and answering all of your Goldilocks planet related questions. Hope to see you there!
9/14 PRINCETON NJ Jon @ Princeton Children's Book Fest
9/19 SAN JOSE CA Jon @ Hicklebee's Bookstore
9/21 BROOKLYN NY Jon @ Brooklyn Book Festival
10/13 HOUSTON TX Tween Read with the Blue Willow Bookstore
10/26 AUSTIN TX Texas Book Festival
11/2 MANHATTAN NY Books of Wonder Bookstore
11/20 MIAMI FL Miami Book Fair
11/32 BALTIMORE MD National Council of Teachers of English
What folks are saying:
Jon Scieszka, the groundbreaking storyteller and master of wit, brings us a smart and hilarious adventure. AstroNuts doesn’t just break new ground—it breaks outer space! Brilliant.
- DAV PILKEY, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE DOG MAN AND CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS SERIES
AstroNuts is the perfect mix of goofy characters, hard science, and farts. An absolute delight!
—GENE LUEN YANG, AMBASSADOR FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE AND WINNER OF THE PRINTZ AWARD FOR AMERICAN BORN CHINESE
A must-have . . . A winning mix of fun and fact—readers will be eager for the next mission.
– KIRKUS REVIEWS (STARRED)
Alongside trademark Scieszka humor and vivid digital collage by Weinberg, which features engravings from the collection of Amsterdam’s Rijkmuseum, the vital environmental message and the vibrantly imagined, quirky characters will garner hefty enthusiasm for future installments.
- PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY (STARRED)