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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Pluto got the shock of his life when he was kicked out of the famous nine. His planet status was stripped away, leaving him lost and confused. Poor Pluto! On his quest to find a place where he belongs, he talks to comets, asteroids, and meteoroids. He doesn't fit it anywhere! But when Pluto is about to give up, he runs into a dwarf planet and finally finds his place in the ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2018 by Capstone
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Julie
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! This is an adorably illustrated, witty, humorous and very informative children's book. Not only does Stef Wade offer information on Pluto, but also the solar system as a whole. As a person with great interest in physics, this is certainly a book that I would purchase to read to my son. Not only does this book offer a lesson on planets, asteroids, comets, meteoroid and more, it also has a unique hidden message. I believe the greatest lesson learned is being comfortable with one ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cybils
When Pluto is knocked off the list of planets, he must find his new place in the universe.

A nice introduction to Pluto to share with students, with lots of clever dialogue in the illustrations.
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Review: A PLACE FOR PLUTO

Totally delightful, with lovely, friendly, illustrations, and gentle text guiding children as Pluto is first stripped of his planetary status and then wanders the galaxy, accompanied by his five moons, as he determines his new identity. Is Pluto a comet? An asteroid? A meteoroid? Follow along as this former planet finds a home. (As a Pluto purist, I really enjoyed this story.)
Ariel
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me want to hug Pluto.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I grew up learning the names of the nine planets. Imagine my surprise when I was told that Pluto was not longer a planet, my nmemonic device was no longer correct. I really enjoyed this book and so did my grandson, my granddaughter, not so much. Stef Wade gives information about the solar system as a whole and some things in it such as comets, asteroids, meteroroid, dwarf planets and more. She does all this with great illustrations to show children what some of these things look like. Along with ...more
Rachel McKitterick
*thank you to Netgalley and Capstone for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

5 stars.

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I loved everything about this! Right away the cover alone is worth 5 stars. It's SO BEAUTIFUL! I am a very sensitive soul who might have the body of an adult but I have the mind and heart of a child. The story was so so heartfelt, I really do felt for poor Pluto and just wanted to give him a hug. This story is for anybody who feels that they dont belong or feel like they are
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Anna
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
"A Place for Pluto" explains what's been happening to (our poor, dear) Pluto since the infamous 2006 when it stopped being a planet. Were you shocked and confused back then? I'm sure you were, everyone was!

Of course, this super cute little book is for kids. But you know what? I know many adults who still don't know what Pluto is and what it isn't so it's a pretty useful read for everyone. Oh, and have I mentioned that it's super cute? Because it is.

My only complaint is that the planets (also as
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Theresa
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this picture book at BEA 2018. It is geared for ages 5-8, but my perceptive 4 year old loved it all the same. The author easily combines science and emotion. We learned about Pluto’s place among planets, comets, asteroids, and meteoroids as well as loneliness, self-discovery and acceptance. Really sweet artwork the my son easily identified and shouted out as I turned the pages. I liked the facts about Pluto in the back of the book as well.
Benjamin Smith
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an excellent book and an excellent story. Can certainly be used for any space topics in the classroom. It actually made one of my class cry because he was alone, which brought on a huge discussion about feelings and emotions. Very happy with this. After the story it even explains the facts. Brilliant.
Gianna
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Pluto used to be a planet, one of the "famous nine". Until one day, humans decided he wasn't fit to be one. What could poor Pluto do? Feeling alone and different, he started searching for others that might be just like him!

A Place for Pluto is a beautifully illustrated children's book about Pluto's ranking change from planet to dwarf planet. Using very sweet, emotional and funny lines, the author
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Mrs. Europaea
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If your kids have studied the Solar System then you have probably had to explain the Pluto situation to them. In A Place For Pluto, Wade explains the history of Pluto, describes other celestial objects like comets and asteroids before finally coming to classify Pluto as a dwarf planet in this heartwarming out-of-this-world tale.
Etienne
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Kind of an in between book. Half story, half information. The story in itself doesn't bring anything really interesting in it, and the informative part is just really basic and can be use to talk a little about what is a planet and a comet, etc. to younger kids, but still... an in between that doesn't fit all that well in my opinion!
Ryan
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great way to explain Pluto. This picture book takes a rhyming look at why Pluto isn’t a planet anymore. And it seeks to help him find his place in the solar system. Very well done, easy to understand, and a generally pleasing story.
Megan
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Extremely cleverly written with clever illustrations. We were convinced that #plutobelongs!
Jamie
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Adorable book about how Pluto became a dwarf planet. Love the illustrations and the additional facts at the end of the book.
Lindsay Schubert
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pluto was proud to be part of the famous nine until… one fateful day… his title was stripped from him. Once Saturn with her flashy rings broke the news that Pluto no longer had planet status, Pluto suffered a bit of an identity crisis. A Place for Pluto follows sad little Pluto’s quest to find his home in the universe.

Galactic, quirky illustrations rocket across the pages and add humor and character to the story. Pluto meets up with Halley (a comet friend), an asteroid, and meteoroids on his que
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Helen
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-finds
I absolutely adored this book! Many of my students enjoy reading about the solar system and it’s not always easy to find a text that explains the Pluto situation to them in a way that they understand that isn’t outdated. I love that this story told about Pluto while connecting it to emotions that children would understand, so it also led to a theme of acceptance and belonging. The facts thrown in also took me by surprise! The illustrations were impressive and well done, and I can’t wait to add t ...more
Jamie
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, picture-books
I received a copy at Book Expo 2018.

This is a really adorable book about how Pluto lost his planet status and had to figure out what he really was.

I loved it!
Carol Kuhn
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Both of my kids, ages 6 and 4, LOVE A Place for Pluto. It's our favorite kind of children's book - the perfect mix of humor, compassion, and a little bit of education tossed in. :) It's led to some great chats with the kids. We want a sequel!
Sara Weather
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Received from netgalley for review

Art: Colorful, fun

Story: The story was worthy (Pluto losing its planet status) of being told. I just felt you could tell this was a message/facts book it wasn’t bad but I could feel things pushing so they can give you certain facts. In a way it felt like the facts moved the story.
Amie Wisz
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

This book was such an adorable telling of how Pluto searched for his place in the universe after his world was turned upside down due to not being labeled a planet anymore. Having been slightly salty after this determination was made in real life, I was immediately drawn to A Place for Pluto. It not only has some great facts on Pluto at the very end, it teaches a story of acceptance. I will definite
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Steph
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything I’ve been waiting for... solar system unit- get ready!
Marsha
There comes a time in everybody’s life when fresh information is difficult to assimilate, especially if it contradicts previously held tenets. If you’re of a particularly stubborn bent, you might refuse to consider any alteration of known information no matter how many people state otherwise. If you think Marilyn Monroe is the hottest woman who ever lived, you’re not going to listen to anyone rhapsodize on the charms of Sophia Loren or Angela Bassett.

However, sometimes the bone of contention is
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Helen Ishmurzin
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Pluto is told that he’s no longer a planet, he’s devastated. He sets off with his moons to discover who he really is, encountering along the way comets, asteroids, meteoroids and other objects in the solar system, until he finally finds someone who is just like him and helps him to feel that he belongs.

As someone who (like most adults today) learnt in school that Pluto was one of nine planets in our solar system, I remember clearly how surprised I was in 2006 to discover that it was suddenl
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Niki Storey
Not long ago, Pluto had his own place in the Solar System, a place as one of the planets in our galaxy. Recent developments have changed his classification and removed his status as a planet. In this adorable story, Pluto learns the news that he is no longer considered a planet. Feeling like he has lost his identity, he cruises around the Solar System in an attempt to find out who he really is and where he will fit in. Pluto becomes disheartened as he discovers that he is not a comet because he ...more
Shaye Miller
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I grew up in a time when Pluto was definitely considered a planet (we were served nine pizzas, for those who remember!). In August of 2006 the news came down that Pluto was no longer a planet because International Astronomical Union (IAU) re-evaluated the requirements of a planet. Pluto failed the test on one point. So in childlike pictures and witty text, this adorable new picture book explores exactly where we should put Pluto after he was knocked off the list of official planets. Using emotio ...more
McKenzie Richardson
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Great book. I love the mash-up of fiction and non-fiction.

Last month I had the privilege of seeing Stef Wade speak at an author event at the library. It was really interesting to hear the journey of this book, from idea to published book. Once I heard about it, I had to give it a read.

This is a fantastic book that is both entertaining and educational. The pictures are wonderful and there are tons of puns for adults to enjoy while reading it to thei
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Allanah Osborn
I received an electronic ARC from Capstone via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When Pluto discovers he is no longer a planet, he sets off in search for his place in the galaxy. A Place for Pluto is a charming, delightful, and nostalgic read. While at face-value this book explains the history of Pluto, Wade and Demmer (with her stunning illustrations) have created a children's book about belonging and family.

Stef Wade uses her story to educate and the book outlines different entities
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Adrienne
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
When Pluto is told that he is no longer a planet, he doesn't know what to think. He must belong with someone--but as he talks to comets, asteroids, and meteoroids, he finds he doesn't fit with them, either. Surely, there must be a group for Pluto!

My kids and I loved this book! We love reading books about outer space, and this one, with awesome illustrations and fun text, personifying Pluto and other objects in space, was a lot of fun to read. Information at the end of the book helps to explain w
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Patrick
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute explanation and breakdown of why Pluto was, and then, was not, a planet. The concept and text are easy to grasp for grade-school astronomers or those with an interest in science. The facts are presented in a story-telling format, which does take some liberties (Pluto never did wander out of the solar system) for the sake of the narrative, but doesn't stray too far from the science it presents. The illustrations contain some humorous easter eggs to them such as Mars's open house realty sig ...more
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Stef used to write about cardboard boxes, but thinks writing books is far more exciting.

She was the co-creator and writer for the former cooking and home blog Haute Apple Pie, featured in Taste of Home, local Milwaukee press and nominated for multiple web awards. Stef is a Chicago-born media maven with a passion for philanthropy, fashion and Italian beef sandwiches.

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