A silly, out-of-order tour of the solar system’s planets provides a pretext for poking passing meteors (to make them explode) and aliens or robots (to make them squeak). Big whoop.
Making no more sense read silently than by a heavily accented narrator, the badly rhymed text starts off: “Three fantastic friends start their adventure, / for they really are bored in a platonic venture.” It continues on through misinformative introductions to Neptune (“Its clouds are white but stride”) and “[t]he big, fat Saturn and its asteroid belt” to encounters with ghosts on “Jupiter’s [nonexistent] surface” and Martians living in “muddy jars.” In the cartoon art, the planets, drawn as big smiley faces, appear behind aliens and small items that will twitch, chirp or otherwise respond anemically to taps as sprightly circus or generic space-age music plays in the background. The misnamed “galactic journey” comes to a protracted end as the titular trio of robot tourists take three frames to approach and then land on Earth.
Space trash worth not even a first look, much less repeat visits. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)