“Mousetronaut” Blasts Us into Space with a Heroic Little Mouse

There’s no doubt at all that NASA astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly is an American hero. Though despite flying combat missions in the Gulf War and numerous space shuttle missions–including the last flight of the space shuttle Endeavor–most people would agree that Capt. Kelly is actually the second most heroic member of his family. This is not by any fault of his–Capt. Kelly’s wife is Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. You probably know Gabby Gifford’s story, but in case you don’t, you can google her name to read more about her truly unbelievable, equal-parts-tragic-and-heroic story.

As an astronaut, Capt. Kelly has spent cumulatively over a month of his life in space. During his first adventure on the space shuttle, Capt. Kelly was accompanied by a number of mice. Scientists wanted to see how the mice would react to spaceflight. As Capt. Kelly has mentioned in interviews, all the mice seemed pretty miserable with the whole space flight experience…except one. This plucky mouse was the inspiration for Mousestronaut.

Mousestronaut tells the tale of “Meteor”, the smallest mouse in the bunch. Because of his small stature, Meteor is afraid he’ll never get to travel to space, even though he works harder than the all the other mice. But his hard work pays off and Meteor gets to realize his dream, and much more.

Most of the art–illustrated by C.F. Payne–captures the action very nicely, but a couple spreads stand out and will really catch your eye. The lift off and space walk scenes come to mind. At the end of the book, you’ll find a great little Afterword from Capt. Kelly that discusses a bit about the book and provides some info about space travel that you can use to wow your little ones.
Mousestronaut is a great little story written by a true hero. Capt. Kelly makes us all proud, as does his little mouse, Meteor.