Welcome back, everyone!
Today, I'm introducing a new picture book to you, Milo's Moonlight Mission, by Kahleen M. Blasi, illustrated by Petronela Dostalova, that will be released from Yeehoo Press on 6/15/21. You will also get a chance to win a copy, so make sure to enter the giveaway!
PART 1: The Review
PART 2: The Interview (Come back next Tuesday for my chat with the author, Kathleen M. Blasi!)
Here's my review . . .
Milo is ready for an important space mission, but his Second-in-Command (a.k.a. Mom) did not report to the ship on time. What's taking her so long?
Well, there's work to be done first. Milo is patient and tries to help, too. All done! Is it time for the mission now? Not yet. It's dinnertime. No one can fly to the Moon on an empty stomach! Again, Milo helps his mom prepare a good meal and clean up afterward.
As it gets late in the evening, launch seems unlikely. Just before Milo heads off to bed, he hears about a huge meteor shower on the news, and now his space mission becomes more important than ever! But it has to wait until the morning.
Something big like this is not to be missed! Milo is tossing and turning in bed, then he decides to do everything that he can to get ready for the event.
And when Captain Milo and his Second-in-Command finally accomplish their mission, amid the spectacular show they witness together, an out-of-this-world memory is created.
This sweet, lyrical story will launch space enthusiasts into an adventure and keep them captivated! Milo's imaginative play and kindness will have readers rooting for him while following his mission to completion. As Milo marks it accomplished, he discovers that patience, planning, and being prepared do pay off in the end.
The bright illustrations in bold, contrasting colors complement the story quite well, adding additional layers of child play in the art that kids will relate to.
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A peek inside the book . . .
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From the Publisher:
Key Selling Points:
Emotionally Resonant: A heartwarming tale of a parent and a child struggling to find quality time together – a challenge with which many parents and children can identify.
Adorable Space Setting: With a playful, expressive setting, this book is perfect for space fans and young budding astronauts.
Vivid, Atmospheric Storytelling: Children will love how much this midnight adventure feels like a real mission complete with a spaceship—and will wish that they could journey to the world beyond.
A Clever Combination of Fiction and Non-Fiction: Interwoven in the fiction text are unique facts about meteor showers. Educational back matter offers opportunities for discussions about cosmic phenomena.
Outer space is there for exploring, and Captain Milo is ready for takeoff! If only he didn’t have to wait for his Second-in-Command—or as he also calls her, Mom—to report for duty. Yet Mom’s list of daily tasks grows ever longer, and she can’t launch until they’re done. So, like any good captain, Milo offers to help! Work? Check. Dinner? Check. Cleanup? Check. When the weather forecast predicts a middle-of-the-night meteor storm, Captain Milo wants desperately to witness it. But will his Second-in-Command have enough time to accomplish this magical mission with him?
In lyrical prose and charming illustrations, Kathleen M. Blasi and Petronela Dostalova capture how the most spectacular night skies are revealed when we plan for the perfect moment—with loved ones by our sides. This heartwarming tale is perfect for space fans and young budding astronauts!
Kathleen Blasi writes books for young readers, including Hosea Plays On (illustrated by Shane W. Evans), A Name of Honor, and Are Organized Sports Better for Kids than Pickup Games? Active in the children’s writing community, Kathleen has served as Co-President of Rochester Area Children’s Writers & Illustrators and is former Co-Director of the Rochester Children’s Book Festival, for which she and her Co-Director received the 2015 New York State Reading Association Literacy Advocate Award. Kathleen lives in western New York, where, along with writing, she enjoys fostering the curiosity of young storytellers. Visit her at kmblasi.com.
Petronela Dostalova graduated from the Cambridge School of Art with a MA in Children’s Book Illustration. Before the MA she was studying Fine Arts at the University of East Anglia. In 2015 her children’s book The Reds and Greens was highly commended for the Creative Conscience Award. The project promoted equality. Petronela comes from a Czech-Slovak-Hungarian background but decided to nest into the heart of Suffolk where she currently lives and works with her partner and their dog Haribo. If you don’t find her drawing at her desk, she will be out traveling or cycling somewhere. She likes to be near, in, on, or underwater at any time of the day except when she is drawing–she is still working on a way to be able to do these things at the same time. Visit her at https://www.petroneladostalova.co.uk/.
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Rosie J. Pova is a
award-winning children's author, speaker, and writing coach on a mission to inspire children not only to read and write more, but to use their creativity, follow their passions, dream big and believe in themselves.
Rosie visits schools and shares her inspirational journey as an immigrant from Bulgaria and how she became a published author, encouraging kids to persist, push through rejections, and hold a high vision for themselves.
Rosie's upcoming picture book, Sunday Rain, will be released in March 2021. It's a story that celebrates imagination, the love of books, and new friendships.
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