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AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  44 reviews
AstroWolf, LaserShark, SmartHawk, and StinkBug are animals that have been hybridized to find other planets for humans to live on once we've ruined Earth. So off they rocket to the Plant Planet! Will that planet support human life? Or do Plant Planet's inhabitants have a more sinister plan?
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Chronicle Books
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Mar 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Trying to hard to get original and funny. Just a lot of nonsense and absurd stuff. Not good!
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this with my eight year old. We liked picking parts and taking turns reading them.

There is a lot of color on the page and witty dialogue that kept us laughing.

The crazy crew of the ship is trying to find a livable planet after the earth is ruined and unlivable. The first planet to vet is Plant Planet.

The hilarity begins, but we also learn some interesting facts along the way.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I was, like many of my generation, a huge Scieszka fan (The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, etc), so I figured I’d be in for a weird and enjoyable ride. This one was a lot more weird than enjoyable – not his best. But it did have some fun aspects. My favorite thing about this was the Narrator, Planet Earth herself, and she is wildly passive-aggressive through the whole thing, commenting frequently on how humans are really destroying her. I can definitely get behind a ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
I spotted this book at the library & pointed it out to my 11 & 9 year old. I was enticed by the bright colors and silly animals and science & thought they would too. Their eyes glazed over with a firm “pass”

Fine, I said, I’ll read it and tell you how great it was and then you’ll read it. But nope. They were right, so right.

This is extreme climate change propaganda masquerading as a children’s book.

Now, before we go further, yes, I think we should care for our planet, yes, we should
Tonja Drecker
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quirky, chaotic humor mingles witch a dab of science to create an unique space adventure.

The astronuts are a very, very, very well kept secret of the NNASA (Not-NASA) and are kept hidden in a nose on Mount Rushmore. When the Earth has reached its limits thanks to global warning, these four very strange and unique creatures are sent into space on a mission to find a new home for humans. They have two weeks, which might seem tight, but they run into a possible planet right away. However, things
Becky B
The AstroNuts are looking for another Goldilocks planet since Earth is soon going to become a little unpleasant to live on due to global warming. Their first stop is the Plant Planet, but can these explorers be observant enough to know whether or not the Plant Planet is a suitable Option B?

The AstroNuts are rather goofy characters that somewhat reminded me of the Bad Guys by Blabey. Their mission is completely different. Scieszka definitely has a mission with this series, to get readers to take
Recommended for ages 8-12, Astro-Nuts is the newest creation by Jon Scieszka , illustrated by Steven Weinberg. In this first book in a planned trilogy, Mission One: The Plant Planet, NNASA (Not-NASA) charges four mutant animals hiding in Mt. Rushmore to travel to outer space and find other planets to support human life, since the humans have all but destroyed planet Earth. (Science concept: Climate change) In their attempt to report Plant Planet as habitable, the Astro-Nuts found that the plant ...more
Allison Renner
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was so grateful to get this book from @ChronicleKidsBooks. I’ve been a fan of Jon Scieszka since falling in love with The Stinky Cheese Man in elementary school. I’ve read many of his other books over the years, and was so happy to see he’s continuing the silliness. AstroNuts is a totally wacky book about four animals who were trained as astronauts to help find a new planet if/when humans wrecked Earth. Except there was a typo in the information, so instead of being skilled astronauts, the ...more
Bethany M. Edwards
Four ASTRONUTS are off on their first mission to find a planet to support human life since the humans have destroyed Planet Earth.
(Yes, to answer your question. @jon_scieszka and @steven_draws have wrapped a dark and serious message in humor to both teach and entertain children from page 1.)
Four mutant animals hiding in Mt. Rushmore are charged with the mission. In their attempt to report Plant Planet as habitable, the Astro-Nuts found that the plant citizens are ready to defend their
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Chronicle Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Jon Scieszka's signature stories come to life once again. This time he takes a popular yet boring school topic and made it into such an interactive series that readers will not even know that they are learning. From the title I knew the book was going to be entertaining yet hysterical. I am excited to see this become a series and children of
Meag McKeron
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juv-fiction, scifi, humor
This was such a delight! One would never guess from the cover featuring a pink dog, a dorky looking shark, a green buggish looking thing, and an orange hawk that this would end up being a story about global warming. With Earth as the narrator, there are a few asides about how humans have destroyed the planet, which is why the Astronuts are off looking for a Goldilocks planet to relocate to. It's a great introduction to how humans need to care more about the effects they are having on the earth, ...more
Maggie Ignasiak
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this advance reader's copy through Baker and Taylor and the local library. First of all, Jon Scieszka is an angel who can do very little harm and I love him and I'm obviously definitely not biased at all, especially since my father definitely *didn't* read Scieszka to me before bed most nights as a child (that last bit is a blatant lie, I can still recite most of the Stinky Cheese Man).

With that being said, Astronuts was a really great dive into informational, comedic narrative. The
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I love Jon Scieszka, he is my childhood hero author, but this is not my favorite work of his. It felt drawn out and the repetition from the glitchy computer was actually annoying, like listening to a dial up, lol. However, this book was written for kids and not adults, and I think a goofy kid who was into science would really love it. It kind of combines fiction with nonfiction, but just wasn’t my thing. I do however, think it would be a great teaching tool! It would be great for teaching kids ...more
An adventurous sci-fi story about super animals that are on the search for a new planet for the human race since earth is nearly destroyed by global warming. In this first book, the animals explore the plant planet testing different qualities to see if it can support life. Although a very serious premise the book is wildly silly. It reminds me a lot of The Bad Guys: Episode 1, although I think I liked the Bad Guys more. The art in this is pretty cool. It uses collage from classic Dutch ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
With planet Earth in trouble with Climate Change, the government has a top-secret project inside of Mount Rushmore. And it’s time for this project to blast off into space in search of a habitable planet. Reporting for duty?

AlphaWolf, Mission Leader. Objective: to search for intelligent life on the new planet.

SmartHawk, AstroPlan Planner. Objective: to keep everyone on schedule and to test the ecosystem and climate of the new planet.

LaserShark, Mission Nurse, Cook and Security. Objective: to fine
A new series that is sure to be wildly popular with fourth and fifth graders, this one imagines a future that might be all that far in the distance. LaserShark, AstroWolf, SmartHawk, and StinkBug are mutants that have been created by Not-NASA with the sole purpose of finding a place that can sustain life for Earthlings. The four Astronuts begin their mission by exploring the Plant Planet, which seems to offer strong possibilities as a future home. Could it be that they've found the Goldilocks ...more
I received an electronic ARC from Chronicle Books through NetGalley.
A serious message wrapped in humor from page one. The four AstroNuts were created to find a Goldilocks Planet for Earth's inhabitants if the situation on the planet became dire. It did and they were launched into space to explore the Plant Planet.
Plenty of adventure and silliness for elementary level readers. The absurdity appeals at many reading levels. Scieszka also slips in plenty of science throughout.
Don't miss the
Ms. Yingling
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
ARC received from Follett First Look

I like the idea behind this book, and I love Scieszka's work, but this didn't quite work for me. The topic is wonderfully goofy, but in a more elementary way, but the pages and text are arranged in a very dense way that might make reading this a struggle for my readers who enjoy this sort of book. Most of the ARC was black and white, but the full color pages (while beautiful) will probably not wear well. The environmental theme is one I would like to see more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to Chronicle Books for the review copy!

2.5 stars. ASTRONUTS is the start to a whimsically ridiculous new series. What worked for me is the real science sprinkled into the laser-sharks and planet-leveling farts. The book is totally weird but it will work for the right type of weird-loving reader. It wasn't a book that was made for me, but the right audience will love it. And the illustrations are a lot of techno-colored fun!
Mary Jane
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I actually would give this a 4.5 just because Scieszka's memoir "Knucklehead," is one of my top faves of all time, and this one isn't quite it.

LOVED Astronuts. Love Scieszka's creativity and humor. This one was also packed with science, about what happens when you poison a planet's atmosphere. Some really knowledgeable facts about methane and CO2 levels, for example.

Should be on every kid's to read pile.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty funny introduction to climate science - you don’t even realize it’s about climate science!

The science in it seems pretty good, too! It’s always nice to have a fun learning experience. Recommended - both for learning and for fun!

Thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for a copy in return for an honest review.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels, dnf
A lot of people are going to enjoy this one. I was not one of them. Too wacky and eco-preachy for me. This book is half regular book and half graphic novel. The book's illustrations are a neat mix of old engravings from the Dutch national museum, cut, pasted, and colored. The illustrator gives instructions how to make your own collage art. Great for fans of the 'Bad Guys' graphic novels.
Jesica DeHart
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
AstroNuts is out of this world hilarious and with some serious facts tucked in between the absurdity. I set this book in front of an 11 year old and watched him dive in with wild abandon. His cackles and giggles echoing from between the pages as he kept reading to the end and then asked when the next book would be out!
Jayne Bartrand
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Astronuts Mission 1: The Plant Planet has it all! Humor, science, puns, amazing art, quirky characters. This planned trilogy will be a favorite for sure! Thank you @Jon_Scieszka @ChronicleBooks for this ARC ~ release 9.10.19 ...more
Kathy Iwanicki
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book will appeal to many readers, especially reluctant readers. The colorful pictures and variety of text will interest readers of all ages. This would make an excellent addition to my classroom library.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Scieszka always delights!
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Fast-paced, visually busy not-quite-a-graphic-novel. Lots of great science content is snuck in and I can see some kids enjoying the humor and action. Recommended for sci-fi fans ages 7-10.
Tam I
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Read ARC.
Cute kind of funny. Excellent way to explain climate change and human impact on the environment.
my 9 year old read this. ;)
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this ridiculously hilarious book and the ridiculously hilarious guy who wrote it.
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Jon Scieszka is a writer and teacher. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children. Occasionally he has been known to howl at the full moon.
—From the dust jacket of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Jon Scieszka is also the author of the best-selling ALA Notable Book, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, as well as Knights of the Kitchen Table, and The Not-So-Jolly Roger. He