The irrepressible porcupine-and-bear duo is back, this time on a rescue mission to space.
Out collecting rocks one day, Pine the porcupine and Boof the bear are surprised when an egg from outer space (identified by its shape, color, and markings by an excited Pine) drops on Boof’s head. What to do? Well, they need to return it to space, of course. So, it’s off to build a rocket. Burach’s pencil, acrylic, and digital illustrations are a true delight, extending the story and upping the humor with careful, whimsical details. Readers will love feeling as though they know more than the two friends, who declare it fell from “a million light-years away” while standing under a birds’ nest with two eggs, an additional one clearly missing. And the rocket Pine constructs is one readers could copy, although caregivers might not want them to eat quite so many beans (“Rocket boosters!”). Once Pine tests Boof’s ability to handle the rigors of space travel, they are off. The ending is pure Pine and Boof and wonderfully satisfying for all (even mama bird and baby). The final page shows Boof’s paws writing captions to pictures in his scrapbook about sharing their adventure with their friends—perhaps readers will be inspired to track their own journeys.
As Boof writes, “Adventure on!” (and soon, please). (Picture book. 3-8)