Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story

Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story


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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

“Inspired by this real-life mouse, Kelly’s first children’s book tells the story of Meteor, a lightly anthropomorphized rodent who turns his tininess into an advantage when an important key gets stuck in a crack between two monitors...textured images and vivid portraits that make it absolutely clear that space travel is a larger-than-life adventure.” —Publishers Weekly

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 as the bigger mice to show readiness for the mission . . . and is chosen for the flight! While in space, the astronauts are busy with their mission when disaster strikes—and only the smallest member of the crew can save the day. With lively illustrations by award-winning artist C. F. Payne, Mousetronaut is a charming tale of perseverance, courage, and the importance of the small!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442458246
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 175,523
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Mark Kelly is a retired astronaut and US Navy Captain. His picture book Mousetronaut, illustrated by C.F. Payne was a #1 New York Times bestseller. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. In 2020 he will be running to represent Arizona in the United States Senate.

C. F. Payne has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Mousetronaut by astronaut Mark Kelly, the Texas Bluebonnet winner Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, written by Phil Bildner, and the New York Times bestsellers The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, both by John Lithgow. He teaches at the Columbus College of Design, where he is the chair of the Illustration Department. Payne lives with his wife and children in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit him online at

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Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
“Mousetronaut” is a book about a mouse called Meteor. The mouse is smaller than the other mice. He gets to go up in the space shuttle and helps the astronauts in the space shuttle. I think other kids would enjoy this book because it is about space shuttles. Other kids would like space shuttles. My favorite part was when Meteor gets to come out of his cage and gets a tour of the space shuttle. Review by Young Mensan Bram P., age 4
LAtherapistLCSW More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous, clearly written, book with lovely illustrations. The idea that the smallest mouse trains the hardest and then "saves the day" and gets recognition for his attitude and his hard work is the perfect message to give young children. The illustrations are realistic and encourage interest in space & science. My 4 year-old grandson loved hearing it, and then my 6 year-old granddaughter enjoyed reading it to herself although it's not written for early readers. We read it several times & my grandkids came up with interesting questions every time.
A-Library-Friend More than 1 year ago
This looked like a cute book and I wasn't disappointed! The illustrations are great. Meteor is full of personality and shows that even the smallest one of us can help out. The story is based on fact, (mice did go into space) and there is a good history of the background of the mousetronaut and space program in the back of the book. Thanks to Mark Kelly for bringing us this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just happened to see Mark Kelly on TV showing book--it was an instant eye catcher. Purchased for my grandson and we all had a learning expierence from the facts and fiction.
mrsvaljones More than 1 year ago
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 gets stuck in a crack. None of the astronauts can get it out, but Meteor is small and wants to be helpful. Will Meteor save the mission? Mousetronaut is perfect for the budding astronaut with striking illustrations and a fun storyline. Written by Astronaut Mark Kelly, Mousetronaut is inspired by one of the mice on his first mission in space aboard the Endeavour in 2001. Included at the end of the book is a brief afterword by Mark Kelly that includes a brief history of the space program and life as an astronaut. Recommended for readers age 4-8.
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