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Oh No, Astro!

Oh No, Astro!”

Cranky Astro’s space has been invaded. When a satellite crashes into him, Astro is knocked out of orbit. sent on an adventure whether he likes it or not.

Whether he likes it or not, Astro is in for the ride of his life, rocketing past planets, an astronaut, and the moon.

He hurtles to Earth.

When Astro smashes into stargazing Nova’s backyard, he is smaller but having fun.

The backmatter offers a question and answer format about space titled “A Selection of Space Facts.”

This book promotes different perspectives and humor.

TITLE: Oh No, Astro!”

AUTHOR: Matt Roeser


PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: different perspective, humor


1) Create jokes or riddles about rocks. Start with a list of other names that rocks can be called. Pick a few that appeal to you. Think about the different characteristics of each. How might you use those traits to invent a joke or riddle? For example, what does a snowman eat for breakfast? Snowflakes. Get it? Instead of Corn Flakes cereal, it’s Snowflake cereal.

2) Astro traveled through space to reach Earth. Imagine the journey of a pumice rock whose journey begins as part of a volcano.


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Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Rainbow

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Rainbow

Spring is here! As the old saying goes April showers bring May flowers. And with those showers come rainbows.

Water droplets act as a prism through which the sun’s ray travels. Each ray of contains the colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. A ray travels in a straight line. When the ray hits the water drop, the light waves refract, separating and bending into different color wavelengths to display a rainbow.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Rainbow

First, think about what can cause light to bend. Make a list. Here are a few to get you started.

  • Spilled oil
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Diamond ring

Second, think about what materials you could use to experiment with to create a rainbow.

Third, gather materials and try creating that rainbow.

Fourth, what steps are needed for your experiment?

Fifth, conduct your experiment.

Sixth, which materials were more successful at creating a rainbow? Which materials were not successful? Why do you think those materials were and were not successful?

Seventh, if you were to do this experiment again what might you do differently?

Think Deeper:

Use your imagination to create a rainbow from other unusual materials such as this fudge recipe.

Rainbow Fudge Recipe:

Make a list of all the wonders you have about a rainbow. For example, I wonder if rainbows can form a circle.  Go to the library or ask a science teacher to find out answers to your wonder questions.

Extending Connections:

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Do You Really Want A Guinea Pig?

Do You Really Want A Guinea Pig?”

In this creative nonfiction book, the narrator and a guinea pig teach a boy,

the responsibilities of caring for a pet guinea pig.

Cute illustrations depict great characterization and humor.

In the back, the author provides a pet quiz and resources to learn more about guinea pigs.

This book promotes creative nonfiction and humor.

TITLE: Do You Really Want A Guinea Pig?

AUTHOR: Bridget Heos


PUBLISHER: Amicus, 2016


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative nonfiction, humor


1) Pick your favorite animal. It does not need to be a typical household pet. Write 10 how to steps about taking care of your animal.

2) Design a home (habitat cage) for your new pet. Make sure you research the animal’s natural habitat. 


To learn more about author Bridget Heos, visit:

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