Niko is the captain of his very own spaceship. He built it all by himself.
The children in my life just LOVE superheroes. Protecting the universe from man-eating monsters is something that appeals to them. It’s exactly the kind of story they like to create out of their own imaginations while running through the house in a superhero cape.
I point out the superhero fandom because this book was a hit around my house – but it may not be suited to children who are truly terrified by the possibility of death-by-interstellar-monster. The following quote will help determine whether it is suited to your particular child:
Sleepy and full, the creatures retreat. They’ve all had far too much to eat. Feeding time is important, you see – it stops them from eating you and me! We’re safe from the aliens, but just in case, the crew keeps watch from the secret base.
–Earth Space Moon Base by Ben Joel Price
“The Shuttle Commander announces that six mice will be selected for the flight. He picks five of the biggest, strongest mice. But for the sixth spot, to everyone’s surprise, he chooses Meteor!”
PS: Happy International Day of Human Space Flight!
“We’re aliens from many galaxies on Planet Kindergarten.”
“At recess, we test the conditions outside our capsule. A crewmate and I disagree over the equipment. We have to sit in isolation, and I learn that isolation isn’t any fun. My crewmate agrees, and I have a new friend.”
“She had been rescued from the broken spaceship and taken far away from the lonely life she had known by a loving family that she had always dreamed of finding.”
–Laika Astronaut Dog by Owen Davey
Author’s Note: On November 3, 1957, Laika became the first animal to orbit Earth when she was launched into space in the Sputnik 2 rocket.
A few hours later, Laika‘s spacecraft malfunctioned. Though many think she perished, this story, with its happy ending for the brave little dog, is the one I choose to believe.