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There's nothing to do on Mars
Chris Gall
Easy Picture Book GALL

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Davey and his pioneer parents may live on the Red Planet, but conditions are far from rosy. "The nights were very cold. The dust storms were terrible.... `I'm bored!' Davey shouted one day." Davey and his leaky robot dog glumly explore the dry, rocky terrain, where they dig up "an old toy"-a six-wheeled object that space buffs will recognize as a long-lost NASA Rover. All Davey's activities emphasize the lack of water (and the promise of it): He climbs a desiccated tree and plays with amphibious-looking Martians who "had not been able to take a bath in a very long time, and... smelled worse than skunks." Davey accidentally stumbles upon a gushing water source, thereby alleviating his boredom and radically changing his planet. Gall envisions Mars's surface as an austere Sedona landscape, carved with rust-red, pumpkin-orange and wheat-gold canyons. He produces his linocut-style compositions with hand-engraved, clay-coated boards, and the smooth results are striking but impersonal. Where these stylized images imply an almost corporate aesthetic, the endpapers present "Davey Martin's Mars Journal (Top Secret!)," in a chalky white scrawl on terracotta paper; ironically, the comic first-person approach here tells more about Davey's personality than the story itself does. Ages 3-6. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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