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Summary: Grumpy Emperor Zonk was blasting earth with Gronk music from outer space. The Worldwide Space Office needs just the right person to go to Planet Gronk and save earth. But who can blast their way through the challenges and save the world? This personalized picture book features your child as an astronaut and hero.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Age of Child: Read with child nearly 6 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: The funny words and illustrations kept our child engaged through the whole story. S/He spent time after we finished reading just looking at the pictures.
Adult Reader Reaction: It's always fun to read when your child is giggling and enjoying a book with you. The story seemed to flow a little bit awkwardly at times, but it's pretty minor ... and certainly nothing a child will recognize.
Pros: Creating a story that stars your child and give them a chance to do something cool (like be an astronaut) AND a hero, too, is something they will remember forever.
Cons: None, really.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. It is the only way to create and share this book.
Educational Themes: With a little bit of creativity you could stretch this book to talk about outer space and aliens, but it really is just a fun way to enjoy reading and help kids visualize their pretend play.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, space, adventure, fantasy