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Life on Mars

Written by Jon Agee

Illustrated by Jon Agee

Life on Mars Synopsis

A daring young astronaut arrives on Mars, certain he will find life there. He has even brought a gift of chocolate cupcakes. But soon he realises he's made a mistake as the planet seems to be totally barren except for one little flower. However, as only the audience can see, if only he would turn around he would meet the friendly Martian who is always lurking shyly one step behind! As he settles in for the journey home, he cracks open his cupcakes-only to discover that someone has eaten them all! Fans of Oliver Jeffers and Jon Klassen will love this slapstick adventure where the last laugh is on our intrepid but not so clever hero.

Life on Mars Press Reviews

'delightful ... Children of 3-5 will shriek with laughter, and even adults may get the joke.' New Statesman;'Classic slapstick storytelling combines with minimalist master Agee's stylish, uncluttered illustrations in a story rich in humour, fun, subtle simplicity and visual virtuosity. Out of this world!' Lancashire Evening Post;'Witty, ironic, thought-provoking and with that surprise ending, Agee's offering, with his stark Martian scenery, is eminently re-readable. Children love to be in the know about stories and as they listen to the young astronaut's earnest narration, they'll be hard put to resist yelling he's behind you .'Red Reading Hub;'A delightfully illustrated story about following your dreams.' Parents in Touch;'Jon Agee excels at creating picture books with unusual settings and characters. For young readers, this book serves as a great introduction to the kinds of books where the reader knows more information than the main character does.' The Huffington Post;'Bursting with quiet wit and gorgeous Martian vistas. Simply masterful.' Kirkus, starred review; 'Satisfying silliness from start to finish, with a gotcha ending that will prompt requests for repeat readings.' PW

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912650156
Publication date: 1st August 2019
Author: Jon Agee
Illustrator: Jon Agee
Publisher: Scallywag Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 32 pages

About Jon Agee

Jon Agee attended The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, where he studied painting and film-making. A full-time author, he lives with his wife in San Francisco. Jon is the author/illustrator of many acclaimed books for children including It's Only Stanley, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor winner. Terrific and Milo's Hat Trick between them have won New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books, ALA Notable Book, Horn Book Fanfare, PW Best Books of the Year, Book Sense Top Ten Pick and LA Times Best Children's Picture Books Miami Herald Top Ten.

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