THERE’S NOTHING TO DO ON MARS by Chris Gall
Kirkus Star

THERE’S NOTHING TO DO ON MARS

by & illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 8
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Following a story arc that’s been popular at least since Ellen Raskin’s Nothing Ever Happens On My Block! (1966), young Davey fails to find anything to relieve his boredom in the rugged Martian landscape—not the fish skeleton, the giant face, the half-buried Mars Rover or even the horde of froggy Martians leaping about in a wild (and, of course, futile) rain dance. Engraved on clay-coated board and then digitally finished, Gall’s dazzling illustrations feature sharply defined, naturally posed figures placed against big, orange, wind-sculpted rocks beneath a greenish sky. Witty details abound, from Davey’s home, which is an old Airstream trailer perched atop a giant rocket motor, to his pop-eyed robot dog, who tends to leak battery fluid when stressed. Ultimately, Davey finds all the adventure he could want when he digs into the crater atop Olympus Mons and unleashes a titanic flood—but then the neighborhood quickly becomes overcrowded with new arrivals, and Davey’s dad suggests moving on to Saturn. There probably won’t be much to do there, either, right? (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-316-16684-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2007




MORE BY CHRIS GALL

ChildrenTHE LITTLEST TRAIN by Chris Gall
by Chris Gall
ChildrenDOG VS. CAT by Chris Gall
by Chris Gall
ChildrenAWESOME DAWSON by Chris Gall
by Chris Gall
ChildrenREVENGE OF THE DINOTRUX by Chris Gall
by Chris Gall

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenSPACE BOY AND THE SPACE PIRATE by Dian Curtis Regan
by Dian Curtis Regan
ChildrenMOUSETRONAUT GOES TO MARS by Mark Kelly
by Mark Kelly
ChildrenLIFE ON MARS by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee