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Mousetronaut: Based on a (Partially) True Story (Mousetronaut)

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A heartwarming picture book tale of the power of the small, from bestselling author and retired NASA astronaut Commander Mark Kelly.

Astronaut Mark Kelly flew with “mice-tronauts” on his first spaceflight aboard space shuttle Endeavour in 2001. Mousetronaut tells the story of a small mouse that wants nothing more than to travel to outer space. The little mouse works as hard
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (first published October 2nd 2012)
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Dana Stabenow
Jan 31, 2013 Dana Stabenow rated it really liked it
The sweetest little picture book, about Meteor the Mouse, one of a rodent team of, uh, mission specialists on board a space shuttle mission who saves the day. At the end Kelly includes an afterword with a brief history of NASA and lots of fun details about travel in space.

During my first flight in 2001, there were eighteen mice on board. All of them, with one exception, clung to inside of the mesh during the entire mission. One mouse, smaller than the rest, seemed to enjoy the experience and eff
Claire Rozint
Nov 25, 2014 Claire Rozint rated it it was amazing
This book was really cute. This book was slightly true slightly fiction. I loved how it used similar terminology used in astronomy. I also liked the illustrations were really good as well. The text was big and easy to read.
Oct 02, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Great read aloud. My kindergartners loved it!
Oct 04, 2015 Sylvester rated it liked it
5* art
3* story

Amazing illustrations. Squirt hasn't caught the space bug yet, but it's coming, and I'll try again then.
Eliot Reads
Mar 21, 2017 Eliot Reads rated it liked it
Cute book, but wasn't in to it.
Jamie Short
1. What would it be like to be an astronaut? How would you feel flying into space and being weightless? How would you feel if something went wrong and didn’t think it could be fixed? What if someone or something you didn’t think could help, could? In “Mousetronaut” written by actual astronaut Mark Kelly and illustrated by C.F. Payne, Meteor is the smallest mouse. He trains with bigger and stronger mice to go along on the space shuttle. His hard work is noticed, even though he is the smallest, an ...more
Feb 23, 2017 Maxym rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aisj-library
What I liked: A mouse got actually into space. But my favorite part is that he actually got his own space suit and they called him "Mousetronaut".
A sweet story (with great illustrations) imagining that the littlest mouse on a space mission can be the biggest hero. There are a few pages at the end of the book with nonfiction information that will be informative for adults and kids interested in space history.

(I enjoyed this book, but I also couldn't help thinking about Laika and other animals that did not survive their space trips. Other adult readers may also have that thought in the back of their mind when reading this book, but kids wil
Mar 12, 2014 Adrienne rated it really liked it

A Review

Kids love space.

Kids love animals.

In Mousestronaut, the reader gets both!


And kids everywhere can rejoice!

Here are three reasons why I would recommend the book:

1.) It contains an actual bibliography and a short information section about space. Out of this world!


2.) It is easy to integrate into lots of different types of lessons.


3.) It is written by an actual astronaut who went on a shuttle mission with actual mice.


Bottom Line
This is a finely-detailed/illust
Christy Eanes
Jun 10, 2016 Christy Eanes rated it really liked it
Meteor is a hardworking and friendly mouse, and has all the qualifications that a space mouse should have. But Meteor is very small. Teeny-weeny. Itsy-bitsy. And so whenever mice are needed to go into space, the bigger mice are chosen and Meteor is left behind. When the day finally does come and Meteor is chosen and is sent off to outer space, it's up to Meteor and the power of small to save the mission and earn his wings and his new title - Mousetronaut.

Who here would like to go into space one
Feb 11, 2015 Deann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today we are going to read a book by an astronaut! Looking at the cover do you think this book is fiction (make believe) or nonfiction (true)? Why do you think that? Our book is called Mousetronaut by Astronaut Mark Kelly. Tell your partner what you think this book is about. What were some of your ideas. Do you think that mice really went to space? Let’s read our book and see if our predictions about the story were correct. When we are done reading the story this book has a really cool part call ...more
Tracy Morton
Feb 15, 2017 Tracy Morton rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book is a little too wordy for my preschool storytime but I am excited to use it for my after school program storytime which has children ages 5-12.
Amy Ackerman
Opening: [Shows cover of book.] “What do you see on the cover of this book? [Students respond.] [Read the title page.] What do you think it means by ‘Based on a (partially) true story’? [Students respond with various ideas.] Did you notice the author was Astronaut Mark Kelly? Isn’t it cool the book was written by a real astronaut? Now let’s hear the story of a very special little mouse that traveled to outer space. At the end of story, we’ll discuss which parts we thought “partially true.”
Oct 26, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it
Based partially on a real NASA mission, Mark Kelly tells the story of a small mouse sent up in the space shuttle.

Just because you are the smallest of all the mice does not mean that your hard work will not be noticed, so when Meteor is chosen he relishes his mission. While the other larger mice are scared, Meteor loves the weightlessness and his fellow astronauts.

As the astronauts are busy with their tasks during the flight, Meteor wonders what he can do to help.

Then the time comes, the crew enc
Dec 31, 2016 Joan rated it it was amazing
Meteor is a friendly, hardworking little mouse with dreams of traveling to outer space. He works hard, and has all the qualifications of the bigger mice, but it’s always the larger mice who have the opportunity to fly into space.

Finally selected to fly, the teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy mouse blasts off with five other, much larger, mice. As the shuttle slips away from earth’s gravity, those five cling to their special Mouse Hotel cage, but Meteor loves the feeling of weightlessness. And when there’s
Valerie Jones
Oct 23, 2012 Valerie Jones rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated story perfect for the aspiring astronaut

A space mission is getting ready to leave, and everyone is excited. Along with all the astronauts, six mice will get to go on the mission as well. Meteor is the smallest of the mice, and he really wants to go on the mission so he has been working really hard. When it is time to decide, five of the biggest and strongest mice are chosen, but because of his hard work so is Meteor.

During the space mission the key to the control panel g
Alisha Ptacek
Personal Reaction-
This book is really cute and the story is fun. The book does not contain very strong characters, but it would be good to use before a lesson about space. In the back of the book there is an informational section that gives some facts about space travel and the inspiration for Mousetronaut.

Read aloud to Kindergarten to 3rd grade students for several purposes:
This book would be good to read to students before starting a lesson on space. The book is fairly insightful on d
Meteor is part of a group of mice training to go in space with the astronauts. No one thinks Meteor will get picked because he is so small. But he does. When they first breach the earth's atmosphere, the other mice are scared of the weightlessness of space, but not Meteor. He relished it. One day, an astronaut notices the control panel key is stuck between monitors. All the astronauts try to get it out, but then Meteor says the day and everyone congratulates him. He truly is a Mousetronaut! Reco ...more
Nov 30, 2015 Billy rated it really liked it
Meteor is the smallest mouse in NASA’s training pen, so he works as hard as he can. His efforts pay off when the shuttle commander chooses him for one of the spots on the next mission. While the other mice chosen for the flight are scared from loading through countdown and liftoff, Meteor is ecstatic and soon becomes a regular member of the crew. But how can he help his human crewmates? Based on the experiences of author and real-life astronaut Mark Kelly, this book is well-illustrated, tells a ...more
Sara Lydia
Oct 16, 2016 Sara Lydia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literacy-class
Astronaut Mark Kelly’s children’s book Mousetronaut tells the adorable story of a small mouse and his exciting journey to outer space. Kelly was inspired by an actual mouse that joined him on a space mission and seemed to enjoy the feeling of complete weightlessness. From that experience, he created the character Meteor, a persistent little mouse turned un-expectant hero. Despite being a quick read, children can easily see the message of the story: everyone is capable of great things!

At the end
Adrianna LaGuardia
Oct 11, 2016 Adrianna LaGuardia rated it really liked it
Taking place in space? A mouse as an astronaut. What is this nonsense? This is not nonsense. It is the adventures of Meteor and his goal of being a mousetronaut. Mark Kelly uses his experience of being on the space shuttle to give us this science-fiction piece of his adventures. Meteor wants to help the astronauts on their very important mission and he knows just how to do it. He saves the mission and is declared mousetronaut. Very satisfied he awaits his next mission.

This book exemplifies scien
Taylor Anderson
Mousetronaught is a story about a mouse who travels to space, and ends up being the hero of the mission! Two writing traits that this story represents are presentation and word choice. There are short expressions used such as "Lift off!" and in some cases the words are tilted in different ways on the page to fit in with the illustrations. I would recommend using this book in the classroom by it serving as an example for students' own writing. First, it could serve as a way for students to see ho ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Meteor is one of 18 mice that were part of a NASA space program. Author Mark Kelley was part of the shuttle Endeavor and this is his first children's book. The illustrations are really so lovely!

This is the story of Meteor and how he worked just a little harder to overcome his size limitations and make it onto the the space shuttle. This story gives readers some (mostly true) info about the mice who were involved in the space/animal programs and what the experiences of being in space are like.
Nov 01, 2012 mg rated it it was amazing
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Becky B
Astronaut Mark Kelly tells a tall tale about the outer space voyage of a small mouse who saves the day despite being the smallest mouse.

Kelly explains in his author's note much about the history of space travel, and especially about the animals who have traveled into space. One real small mouse who stayed in a cage during its outer space voyage inspired Kelly in creating this story about Meteor the mouse. The story is short and cute, encouraging readers that heroes come in all sizes. It also giv
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
What do you get when you add a cute little mouse to a (partially) true story about space travel? You get a winning picture book, that's what! Meteor (the mouse) journeys with his fellow mice friends aboard the space shuttle. And he finds that he loves the feeling of weightlessness! Meteor is smaller than the rest of the mice, so he can fit into tight spaces. It's this talent that enables him to save the day. Read more about his adventures and what life is like on a space shuttle, in this great b ...more
Quinten Boyd
Apr 16, 2013 Quinten Boyd rated it really liked it
This picture book follows the story of Meteor the mouse and his experience in space. Meteor isn't the biggest or strongest mouse in the NASA training program, but that just makes him work even harder. His efforts are rewarded when the Shuttle Commander chooses him to go into space! Meteor enjoys his time in space, but doesn't have anything to do - until a key to the control panel gets stuck and Meteor is the only one that can help!

I enjoyed the creativity of the story and large, detailed illust
Jun 05, 2014 Joan rated it liked it
Moustronaut, by Mark Kelly,2013,

This is a very special book by an unusual author. When you look at the cover, do you think it is fiction or nonfiction? What things about the picture must be fiction? This book was written by Mark Kelly who was really in the USA Navy and he was on the final mission of the Endeavour space shuttle. This is his first children's book and it has many real facts from astronauts.

This book about a tiny mouse displaying bravery, when those around him are scared, help to sh
Round Lake Area Library Youth Services Department
Meteor is the smallest of the mice that are preparing in hopes to be chosen to go on a mission into space. The Shuttle Commander decides to pick six of the mice and Meteor is picked to go on the mission (much to everyone’s surprise). He is more than ready to go into space too. He is not scared of the take-off and loves feeling weightless unlike the other mice. Meteor even helps retrieve the key to the control panel which makes him a hero.

This is a great book with wonderful illustrations and a gr
Oct 23, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
E says, "I likes it because its funny. And the story made me feel weightless. My favorite character was Moustronaut because he pays the most attention. I liked all of the characters. I would say that I would recommend this book to a lot of other people. I think it would be good for first graders also."

This is a picture book. If your child has been reading chapter books for awhile then I would not recommend this book. However, if they have recently made the transition then I think this would stil
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Mark Edward Kelly is a retired American astronaut, engineer and U.S. Navy Captain. He is the husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, an author, political activist, and aerospace executive and consultant.

A naval aviator, Kelly flew combat missions during the Gulf War. He was selected to become a NASA Space Shuttle pilot in 1996 and flew his first mission in 2001 as pilot of STS-108. He
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