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Astronaut Critter (1986): To the Moon, Ethel!

Mercer Mayer, Astronaut Critter (Simon and Schuster, 1986)


photo credit: ebay

I claim this rock in the name of Mercer Mayer.

Mercer Mayer is crazy prolific. Wikipedia reports, as of this writing (August 2013), he’s published over three hundred books. Well over half of them are Little Critter books; Astronaut Critter was one of the first board book originals. It is an extremely simple tale, aimed at the pre-lit set, where as is often the case with Mayer, the story is told by the pictures rather than the words (it’s narrated by the Critter, and the humor is aimed more at the adults who will be reading the book to the kids, one thinks); it’s all in good fun. I think my wife and I actually like it more than the Bean does; it goes into the reading-time pile on occasion, but he could generally take it or leave it. Personally, I wish the story had been developed a little more, but if you find it used or get it out of the library, give it a shot and see what your child thinks. ** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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