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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-20-2012 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division release
Astronaut Mark Kelly to Publish a Picture Book with Simon & Schuster's Paula Wiseman Books

Astronaut Mark Kelly has signed with Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, to publish Mousetronaut: Based on a (Partially) True Story, a picture book.

Mark Kelly was a captain in the U.S. Navy when he commanded the final mission of space shuttle Endeavour in May of 2011. A veteran of four space flights to the International Space Station, he is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and holds a masters degree from the US Naval Postgraduate School. As a naval aviator, he flew 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

Kelly's first book, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, was cowritten with his wife Gabrielle Giffords in collaboration with Jeffrey Zaslow and was a New York Times bestselling memoir

Mousetronaut will be published on October 9, 2012. This is the author's first picture book.

Astronaut Mark Kelly flew with "mice-tronauts" on his first spaceflight aboard space shuttle Endeavour in 2001. Mousetronaut tells the story of a small mouse that wants nothing more than to travel to outer space. The little mouse works as hard as the bigger mice to show readiness for the mission... and is chosen for the flight! While in space, the astronauts are busy with their mission when only the smallest member of the crew can save the day. With lively illustrations by award-winning artist C. F. Payne, Mousetronaut is a charming tale of perseverance, courage, and the importance of even the smallest creatures.

C. F. Payne has illustrated many books for children and is one of the most recognized names in illustration today. He has been awarded numerous Gold and Silver Medals by the Society of Illustrators and has had exhibitions of his work at Norman Rockwell Museum, the Cincinnati Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Payne's children's books include The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow and Late For School by Steve Martin.

Mark Kelly says, "After traveling in space over five million miles with these very small space explorers, I take great pleasure in telling their story. While astronauts get all of the credit, we are really just part of a larger (or in this case smaller) team."

"Mark Kelly's Mousetronaut makes the reader feel as if they are taking a thrilling ride into outer space," says Paula Wiseman. "It's a book that's easy to love."

The agreement was negotiated by Jon Anderson and Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly LLP and includes audio rights. Paula Wiseman will edit the book.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-22-2012 06:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Because I was looking for something for Mario Runco to sign, I'm reminded of Runco's story in "Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years," when in training they put a rubber rat and a guillotine-type device in a glovebox, the instructors wanting to know if he would have a problem killing the rat.

Obviously this is not the end to Kelly's book. Unless it's Grimm's Fairy Tale in the original version.

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posted 02-22-2012 10:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does this mean the book will have cool paintings of cute little mice in small ACES suits?

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The 24 female mice that launched with Mark Kelly aboard STS-108 were part of an osteoporosis experiment (Commercial Biomedical Testing Module).

On later shuttle missions, the Italian Space Agency flew the Mice Drawer System Facility (photo), which was able to support mice on board the International Space Station during long-duration stays (from 100 to 150 days) by providing living space, food, water, ventilation and lighting.

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posted 10-09-2012 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by p51:
Does this mean the book will have cool paintings of cute little mice in small ACES suits?
Yes, yes it does.

Mousetronaut was released today and the illustrations by C.F. Payne are charming. Space history buffs might recognize some familiar faces, too...

Simon & Schuster has a graphic excerpt available online.

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posted 10-09-2012 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Funny how I called that without seeing the finished book.

I like the art, it's really well done. Crying shame my wife and I couldn't have kids, there are so many neat children's books out there I'd love to have an excuse to buy. Our godson is a little too old for this now, I'd think.

Still, I'm going to look it up the next time I'm at a good book store, it looks very well done!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-01-2013 09:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mark Kelly has written another adventure of Mousetronaut:
Mousetronaut Goes to Mars

3-2-1... blast off! The smallest member of the team, a mouse named Meteor, is back on board and ready to come to the rescue on an interplanetary adventure! With lively illustrations by award-winning artist C.F. Payne, this charming new mousetronaut adventure will inspire imaginations of all sizes! Includes detailed scientific back matter.

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (October 1, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1442484268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442484269

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posted 10-02-2013 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe 'Mousetronaut Goes to the ISS' or 'Mousetronaut Goes to an Asteroid' will be next.

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