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Mousetronaut: Based on a (Partially) True Story


3.85  ·  Rating details ·  847 ratings  ·  149 reviews
A #1 New York Times bestseller

“This little mouse may well inspire some big dreams.” —Kirkus Reviews

“In this picture book based on the space shuttle Endeavor…Meteor is one of the smallest mice, but the most hardworking…the values of being small, useful, solving problems, and working hard—as opposed to being big and strong—will inspire young readers.” —School Library Journal
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 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 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.
Kimberly Wright Oelkers
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great read aloud. My kindergartners loved it!
Oct 04, 2015 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.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story about being small and brave, and good notes and sources for further research if this sparks a deeper interest in space.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime-2017
3.5 technically. I really wish I could give half stars.
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
Mar 12, 2014 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 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 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
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 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 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 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
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
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
Adrianna LaGuardia
Oct 11, 2016 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 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 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 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 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 Public Library
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 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
Ali Dunn
This story is based off an astronaut’s experience in space with some friends of his—mice! Kelly takes his journey with his friends and turns it into a children’s book. While part of this story is true, Mousetronaut actually stayed in his cage the whole trip. I think this is a great book for children because it gives them a chance to think about the “impossible.” Who knew mice would be able to fly in space?! After students read this book, I hope their imaginations soar and their dreams of going p ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
The smallest of all the mice is picked as one of the six mice that will go along on a space mission. Meteor is the only mouse that seems to enjoy his weightlessness and he even helps to save the mission by retrieving a key that has fallen into a crack.

The story was cute, but I was more interested in the author's note at the end that actually talked about the author's experiences in space. It also outlined the use of animals throughout the beginning of the space program and has a nice bibliograph
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is so cleverly illustrated...cute little mouse....and amazing faces on the people as well... Such attention to detail. I loved the whole concept of the mice doing pull-ups... Very funny and of course our littlest hero Meteor gets chosen to go into space, even though no one thinks he's ready....just the expression on the faces of the mice in reaction to the absence of gravity...almost made me pee I laughed so hard. But this is a " hero saves the day" story and kids will love it...almost as m ...more
I like this guy, just based on his love for his wife Gabby Gifford. He's an astronaut, not an author, but the story is good enough. Animals have been aboard many space flights and this story of the little mouse who could is based on an actual mouse. The strength of the book, though, is in the very detailed author notes, which only an astronaut who has been in space could offer. Interesting stuff that kids will love--how do you eat, sleep, pee in space?
The illustrations get a nod for including a
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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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