Note: I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, which reads as follows:
Title: Queek’s Race in Outer Space
Author: Carrie Mortleman
Release Date: April 26th, 2017
Genre: Children’s Book, Illustrated, Science Fiction
Queek the scrumptious sugar mouse teams up with his best friend Hellie the Hovercraft Elephant for a very important race against the aliens of Mars!
Their journey takes them past fluffy clouds and the Milky Wat, where they stop to gather yummy white chocolate stars.
Will Queek and Hellie make friends with the aliens?
Can they win the race and take home the treasure snacks?
My First Thoughts:
I’ve read Hellie the Hovercraft Elephant by the same author and so I was very open to reading the next book in her Hellie & Queek series. I have really enjoyed reading Ms. Mortleman’s work so far and so I was quite excited to get her next book in the mail!
Queek’s Race in Outer Space was a lot of fun to read and did not disappoint me! The storytelling, while strong in the last book, has improved in the last year and made the story easy to follow from the get-go. The author sets up the story so that you don’t have to read the previous story to understand the characters and their relationship. Within the first few pages and a few rhyming lines the readers are introduced to the characters, their relationship, and the journey they want to take! As in the last book, the rhyme scheme is very simple and easy to follow. There were a few times in which I felt there was a bit of a stretch to get a few lines to rhyme, but it didn’t impact the overall story and I doubt many kids would notice it too. I’ve always been a fan of the illustration work in Mortleman’s children’s books because it’s so different, it easily introduces different textures and colors in a way that I believe would help stimulate a child’s imagination. Overall, I believe that this book would be a fantastic tool for any parent or teacher to help children widen their vocabulary; the easy use of long complicated words followed by easy context clues should make it simple for parents to help their kids learn new vocabulary. And if they don’t pick it up right away, the harder vocabulary doesn’t take away from the story either and doesn’t hinder the younger reader’s ability to understand and enjoy the story. This fun, unique, and exciting book about mars aliens and treats will make a wonderful gift for any child and a fantastic tool for education!