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Pluto Gets the Call

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  736 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Pluto gets a call from Earth telling him he isn’t a planet anymore, so he sets out on a journey through the solar system to find out why in this funny and fact-filled romp that’s perfect for fans of The Scrambled States of America.

Pluto loves being a planet. That is, until the day he gets a call from some Earth scientists telling him he isn’t a planet anymore! You probably
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Beach Lane Books
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May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mr. H loves this book! Pluto is his favorite planet and he refuses to call it a dwarf “because Pluto is a planet.” 😁 this book is a lot of fun and has some wonderful facts about the solar system. Adorable!
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a soft spot for Pluto so this book tugged on my heartstrings. It offers more than just an ode to a former planet. The illustrations are wonderful. Humor is clever. And I actually learned about our solar system along the way! There is even a nice little moral to the story [if you want to get deep] that reinforces the importance of positive self-esteem.

Because, let's face it. If anyone is struggling with dashed dreams and poor self-esteem - it's Pluto. Yet, he pulls through.
Nadine Jones
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I laughed so hard when I read this, and it has such a heart-warming ending. Adam Rex hits it out of the park again!!

The illustrations by Laurie Keller are completely charming.

This is a bit longer than most picture books, and will probably appeal most to kids old enough to know a little bit about our solar system already (in particular, that Pluto used to be a planet but is now a dwarf planet*). Sometimes the planets, ahem, Jupiter, are a bit rude, and I know some parents might object to that, bu
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This might be my favorite book of 2019. It's hilarious and informative at the same time. I am a fan of Pluto! ...more
Kaethe Douglas
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is part of my 365 Kids Books challenge. For a fuller explanation see my review for 101 Amazing Facts about Australia You can see all the books on their own shelf. The Reviewers seemed to run correctly last week, but didn't run this week at all, and the Readers list hasn't been fixed at all. I guess algorithm don't care. Looking at the beta pages, algorithm loves stars.

This project is such a hoot. I got a little overexcited on Tuesday when I went to pick up my holds because I could go inside
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This picture book about Pluto's demotion is funny, sweet, and informative. The illustrations are great, the humor is spot-on, and I learned a little something. Just great. ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Pluto Gets the Call by Adam Rex, illustrated by Laurie Keller. PICTURE BOOK. Beach Lane (Simon), 2019. $18. 9781534414532



Pluto is busy explaining his finest features when he gets the call that he is no longer considered a planet. So he takes the reader on a tour of the “real” planets. When he gets to the Sun, she gives him a very nice pep talk, because now the scientists talk about Pluto even more than they did before.

Leave it to Ada
Stephanie Molnar
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the absolute cutest book I've read in a long, long time. It's hysterical and I learned things about several planets. 10 stars! ...more
Shaye Miller
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Children are going to LOVE Keller's bright and bold artwork in this new picture book that showcases Pluto getting the call from Earth's scientists saying he's not longer a planet. Pluto's pretty frustrated, to be honest, but after taking a tour around the galaxy and getting some much-needed consolation from the sun, I think he's going to be a-okay. Some pages are extremely busy full of speech bubbles and multiple conversations, so you have to take time to scour the entire spread (checking out th ...more
Panda Incognito
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"I'm not crying. I have... meteor dust in my eyes!"

Same, Jupiter. Same.

Even though this book is extremely similar to A Place for Pluto, it's not a rip-off. These authors just had very similar ideas around the same time, and they both did a great job drawing out slightly different dramas about Pluto's identity crisis while incorporating lots of space facts. I enjoyed both books, but this is the one that made eyes well up with tears while I was at work, so I guess it's my favorite of the two.
Kristen Boers
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Know what is fun? When your child enjoys reading a book full of educational content. That is fun.

It's also fun when a book full of educational content manages to have a clear story line, engaging characters, and encourage after reading conversations. That is also fun.

It's especially fun to see literature spark an interest in your child with a topic that had before felt inaccessible to them. When you as a parent find yourself invested in a topic that you never had much interest in and can now sh
Abby Johnson
Pluto LOVES being a planet, but when the call comes from Earth that he's no longer a planet, how can he go on? This fun and funny picture book not only pays homage to our favorite planet-that-was, but also introduces young readers to the solar system as Pluto takes a farewell tour and presents facts about each planet along the way. Hand this to fans of THE SUN IS KIND OF A BIG DEAL or Laurie Keller's THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA for kids who enjoy learning but in a really fun, funny way. ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, science
Pluto gets the call from Earth scientists, and Pluto is saddened to learn that he is no longer a planet. Pluto takes us on a quick tour of the solar system and introduces us to the planets and other key features. The story is told in a fun format, with speech bubbles and cartoons and lots of humor.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbf-outer-space
Very humorous story about Pluto being told he is no longer a planet. Part fiction, and part humorously presented facts about the solar system.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a true delight.
Miss Ryoko
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really fun picture book! Informative, hilarious, and for me, personally relatable be because #PlutoForever
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Fun book from Pluto's perspective. Engaging illustrations from Keller and witty text from Rex. ...more
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The jokes might be a little out of reach of littles but great in Grades 3+.
Ella S.
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Super clever. Super cute. And! informational 👍👍
Tracy Detz
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! What a fun way for kids to learn about the solar system and planets. I am a sucker for humor. I am sure many children will love this book too!
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
What an awesome and funny book to learn about the Solar system and dwarf planets!
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Eh, a 3 from me and a 4 from my kid. He thought it was very funny. But the whole premise doesn’t really work for me since he already knows that Pluto is a dwarf planet. Really cute illustrations, but I thought it was a little annoying to read aloud. He was also very excited about Adam Rex: “Adam Rex! Who wrote ‘Are you scared Darth Vader?!’”
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super funny book about the Solar System, including an explanation of why Pluto is not a planet anymore. Loved it!

I've never thought I'd say this in my thirties, but here it goes: Back in my day, there were 9 planets... 😂😂😂 #TeamPluto #NeverForget 😂😂😂
Tonja Drecker
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Planetary fun hits high orbit in this really cute book, which just happens to teach a few inter-planetary facts along the way.

Pluto wants to introduce you to itself but before it gets very far, it receives a phone call from Earth. And not a happy one. The scientists have decided to demote Pluto from a planet to... well, they aren't sure yet. Still, Pluto is ticked. But instead of stewing, he heads off to introduce the other planets (and get some needed, emotional support). And there just happen
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was a little annoyed when Pluto was downgraded. I am glad this book helps give us a little more input into the situation.
Absurdly brilliant.

Pluto loves being a planet and is heartbroken when scientists from Earth call to revoke his status. After a traverse of the solar system, The Sun sets Pluto back on course. Classic Laurie Keller illustrations and hilarious puns with every page turn make this picture book a sure win with smart young readers.
Mallory Coil
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
My kids have this book already. It’s called, “A Place For Pluto”.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is really pretty darn cute. And it's a great intro to planet facts! ...more
Ben Truong
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pluto Gets the Call is a children's picture book written by Adam Rex and illustrated by Laurie Keller. Heart-shaped surface feature literally broken by its reclassification from planet status, Pluto glumly conducts readers on a tour of the solar system.

Rex's text is rather simplistic, straightforward, and informative. After hearing the news of its reclassification, Pluto takes a tour of the solar system, which Rex provides lighthearted tidbits about asteroids, plutoids, and planets from Neptune
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pluto loves being a planet . . . he’s been one since an astronomer in Flagstaff, Arizona discovered him in 1930.

Then he gets a phone call from the scientists on Earth . . . .

In this clever look at the solar system, young readers will journey with Pluto as he visits the other planets and shares his unhappy news as he tries to discover the reasons for his unexpected demotion from planet status. Basic facts about the planets in the solar system are sprinkled throughout the story and compiled at the
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Adam Rex grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, the middle of three children. He was neither the smart one (older brother) or the cute one (younger sister), but he was the one who could draw. He took a lot of art classes as a kid, trying to learn to draw better, and started painting when he was 11. And later in life he was drawn down to Tucson in order to hone his skills, get a BFA from the University of Ar ...more

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