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Space Boy and the Space Pirate

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Space Boy and the Space Pirate
Niko and his crew embark on an intergalactic adventure to the Planet Zorg, where Niko's cousin Sasha is being held captive by a space pirate (who is actually Niko's sister, Posh!). But when Niko and his crew charge in to the rescue, the girls do the unthinkable by capturing his ship and leaving him stranded far from Planet Home. Using his characteristic ingenuity and wit, Niko manages to take back control of his spaceship and his story. With a picture book format, comic book–style artwork, and humorous, simple text, Space Boy and the Space Pirate is both a thrilling adventure and a celebration of the power of pretend play.
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Niko and his crew embark on an intergalactic adventure to the Planet Zorg, where Niko's cousin Sasha is being held captive by a space pirate (who is actually Niko's sister, Posh!). But when Niko and his crew charge in to the rescue, the girls do the unthinkable by capturing his ship and leaving him stranded far from Planet Home. Using his characteristic ingenuity and wit, Niko manages to take back control of his spaceship and his story. With a picture book format, comic book–style artwork, and humorous, simple text, Space Boy and the Space Pirate is both a thrilling adventure and a celebration of the power of pretend play.
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Product Details
Sales Rank:
99,999,999
Pages:
40
Publication Date:
03/08/2016
Lexile:
AD380L
Series:
Space Boy Series
ISBN13:
9781590789568
Product Dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.20(h) x0.40(d)
Publisher:
Highlights
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years
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About the Author
Dian Curtis Regan is the author of many books for young readers, ranging from picture books to young adult novels. Her books have received many honors, including Best Books for Young Adults, Children's Choice Awards, and appear in Los Angeles Times Recommended Books and New York Public Library's Best Titles. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Visit diancurtisregan.com.

Robert Neubecker is the award-winning author-illustrator of Wow! City!, Wow! America!, and Wow! School!, and the illustrator of The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Monsters and its companion The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Kids. He lives in Park City, Utah. Visit neubecker.com.
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Editorial Reviews
"(A) second thrilling adventure... (with) five brief chapters break the action into separate, exciting set pieces worthy of Tom Swift... Neubecker's digital art crackles and pops as Niko's spaceship exudes curlicues of red and black smoke and lands on a planet awash in reds, yellows, and oranges. Intergalactic derring-do, and home just in time for supper." —Kirkus Reviews

"Space Boy Niko is back in his second adventure....Regan perfectly captures the joys of imaginative play and woes sibling rivalry while telling an excellent adventure story. The text is action-packed and humorous and clearly conveys the fine line between reality and science fiction. The cleverness of the text combined with Neubecker's comic book panels, full-page spreads, witty details, perfect expressions, and spot-on color palette makes for an exciting and satisfying read. Great for storytime or individual sharing. Kids will want multiple readings of this story." —School Library Journal01/01/2016
K-Gr 2—Space Boy Niko is back in his second adventure. This time he needs to rescue his cousin Sasha from a Space Pirate (his sister Posh). With the help of his robot copilot Radar and his trusty dog Tag, Niko flies his homemade spaceship to the planet Zorg in search of Sasha. Despite Niko's best efforts, the Space Pirate and her maybe captive escape using his own spaceship. The stranded crew is forced to space walk back to Planet Home where they discover pirate booty (dolls) left behind in the spaceship. The story ends when Space Boy is called to the mother ship (dinnertime). Regan perfectly captures the joys of imaginative play and woes sibling rivalry while telling an excellent adventure story. The text is action-packed and humorous and clearly conveys the fine line between reality and science fiction. The cleverness of the text combined with Neubecker's comic book panels, full-page spreads, witty details, perfect expressions, and spot-on color palette makes for an exciting and satisfying read. VERDICT Great for storytime or individual sharing. Kids will want multiple readings of this story.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH2015-12-08
Rescue plans go seriously awry when a space pirate's captive shows no intention of leaving. As his second thrilling adventure (Space Boy and His Dog, 2015) begins, outer-space adventurer Niko is reading a scary book about the threat of space pirates. Not long after, his cousin Sasha is apparently nabbed by just such a scurvy interplanetary knave, and it's up to the intrepid hero and his loyal crew—co-pilot Radar (a robot) and Tag (a dog)—to rescue her from the Planet Zorg. But what's this? Could it be that the space pirate is none other than Niko's own tricky sister, Posh? When Niko is spotted, Posh attempts to "delete" the girls from Niko's outer-space imaginings with a premature "THE END!" She then hijacks his spaceship, leaving Niko and crew stranded. Fortunately, you can't keep a good spaceman down. Five brief chapters break the action into separate, exciting set pieces worthy of Tom Swift, and the characters' bickering over who should end the story echoes the previous book's metafictive commentary. Neubecker's digital art crackles and pops as Niko's spaceship exudes curlicues of red and black smoke and lands on a planet awash in reds, yellows, and oranges. Intergalactic derring-do, and home just in time for supper. (Picture book. 4-7)
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