This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff!
” For one brave boy, kindergarten isn’t just a grade—it’s a destination. He gets to school via rocket (one that looks suspiciously like his father’s hatchback), and considers his classmates to be aliens, including two that could be relatives of Cousin It. The boy adjusts to “zero gravity” (“We have to try hard to stay in our seats. And our hands go up a lot”), discovers that he likes space food, and freaks out during naptime: “Is the room running out of oxygen?” Prigmore’s manic digital art gives a nod to Jetsons-era cartoons, while Ganz-Schmitt’s metaphor will ring true with intrepid readers. Ages 3–5. Author’s agent: Jennifer Unter, the Unter Agency. (May)”
A genius way to ease kids into the new adventure that is kindergarten.” – –Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Nominations and Awards
Kirkus Prize Nominee for 2014
American Bookseller’s Association: Summer 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List
Amazon Kid’s Best of May 2014 (kids 3-5)
Amazon Editor’s Pick for Summer Reading 2014 (kids 3-5)
Apple iTunes Spring’s Biggest Books (for Kids)
Chosen as the theme for San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Reading Program (Summer 2014)
Artwork chosen by the Society of Illustrators for their Original Art exhibit (2014)
Planetary Society’s Emily Ladakawalla top reviewed choice for space themed books for 2014 : Top of the List
About the Author
Children’s book author, mother and philanthropist, Sue Ganz-Schmitt, is passionate about helping children, and families globally. She is co-founder of an AIDS orphanage in Haiti, has traveled to China to help medically challenged orphans, and set up a birthing clinic in rural India. Yet, her writing is inspired by local children with diabetes, severe allergies, leukemia. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Marketing) in 1986, and now lives now lives in a rural mountain community in Los Angeles with her two daughters and husband. She produces children’s musical theater, has sung on Broadway in RENT, and contributes to an L.A. area local paper.