Faraway friends

Russ Cox

Book - 2015

Sheldon's best friend has moved away, possibly to Jupiter, so Sheldon and his dog, Space Cadet Jet, build a spaceship to go for a visit but things go awry until they spy an alien life form, ready to help.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Sky Pony Press [2015]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
ISBN
9781632204080
1632204088
Main Author
Russ Cox (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Has Sheldon's best friend really moved away to Jupiter? Sheldon gets the idea when he sees "Jupiter Moving Co." on the moving van, and he immediately launches an elaborate backyard fantasy based on that assumption. With his dog, Jet, lending support, Sheldon builds a rocket out of a grill, a garbage can, and Jet's doghouse, and together they take off for the far end of the solar system. Jupiter remains elusive as a destination, but Sheldon makes a discovery that's far more important than anything extraterrestrial: a new, like-minded neighbor back on Earth. Illustrator Cox (Merry Moosey Christmas), making his first foray into writing, is a steady-as-she-goes kind of storyteller—there's little in his text that the pictures aren't already showing, and the relationship between Sheldon and Jet offers few surprises. Still, the story has lots of good-hearted energy (Cox employs comics-style panel sequences to move the action forward briskly), and Sheldon's go-getter personality generates just enough momentum to provide narrative liftoff. Ages 3–6. Agent: Jodell Sadler, Sadler Children's Literary. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—Sheldon's friend has just moved to "Jupiter," which means there is only one thing to do…build a rocket to travel there. When he and his expressive dog Jet blast off, their imaginations soar through a boy's dream version of space. Fortunately, their rocket breaks down, bringing them back to reality in time to make a discovery: a new life-form. Cox's combination of full spreads and panels gives him enough room to provide specifics about the ship's construction, this pair's adventure, and their introduction to the new neighbor. Fun illustrations quickly turn the downbeat opener into a full-blown, colorful adventure, with sound effects. For children, anyone not "here," might as well be on another planet; the moving trucks are a visual manifestation of this fear. Instead of optimistically proclaiming "of course you'll remain in touch," Cox delivers a more honest answer; you may not. VERDICT This engaging picture book explains that sometimes friends leave but there is always a new one around the corner.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada [Page 66]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Sheldon's best friend has moved away, possibly to Jupiter, so Sheldon and his dog, Space Cadet Jet, build a spaceship to go for a visit but things go awry until they spy an alien life form, ready to help.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

This is the story of the adventure of a little boy named Sheldon and his dog, Jet. When Sheldon’s best friend moves away, Sheldon spies the word “Jupiter” painted on the side of the moving truck. Sheldon feels sad at first, but realizes that this is a sign—what he needs is a rocket ship! So Sheldon and Jet do some sketching and some scrounging, and, with a wagon full of equipment and supplies, the two future astronauts head to the backyard. With a glop and a wham, piece by piece the ship begins to take form, and soon it’s Commander Sheldon A. Flyer and Space Cadet Jet ready for takeoff! The duo jets around satellites, zooms by planets, speeds through space storms, and zips past other flying saucers . . . until plop, they’ve arrived, somewhere with a green, alien life-form and a furry black blob.This book encourages children to channel loneliness and boredom with creativity and imagination, and ultimately it is a story of new friendship. Featuring vibrant illustrations by debut author and illustrator Russ Cox, this action-packed story is sure to appeal to young readers in search of something that is out of this world!Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This is the story of the adventure of a little boy named Sheldon and his dog, Jet. When Sheldon's best friend moves away, Sheldon spies the word “Jupiter' painted on the side of the moving truck. Sheldon feels sad at first, but realizes that this is a sign—what he needs is a rocket ship! So Sheldon and Jet do some sketching and some scrounging, and, with a wagon full of equipment and supplies, the two future astronauts head to the backyard. With a glop and a wham, piece by piece the ship begins to take form, and soon it's Commander Sheldon A. Flyer and Space Cadet Jet ready for takeoff! The duo jets around satellites, zooms by planets, speeds through space storms, and zips past other flying saucers . . . until plop, they've arrived, somewhere with a green, alien life-form and a furry black blob.This book encourages children to channel loneliness and boredom with creativity and imagination, and ultimately it is a story of new friendship. Featuring vibrant illustrations by debut author and illustrator Russ Cox, this action-packed story is sure to appeal to young readers in search of something that is out of this world!Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.