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                             AMELIA, THE MERBALLS AND THE EMERALD CANNON by Evonne Blanchard

AMELIA, THE MERBALLS AND THE EMERALD CANNON

From the “Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures” series, volume 3
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“Adventure, inventiveness, and humor merge in this quirky, appealing tale.”

A space-traveling girl continues gathering items to help save her alien friend’s sister in this third series outing.

In two previous children’s books, 8-year-old Amelia, a white girl with reddish hair, agreed to help Uglesnoo, a three-armed purple alien from Pluto, cure his ailing sister. A repelling crystal from Neptune will heal her, but that planet’s Queen Neep will barter it only in exchange for a long list of objects from around the solar system. Some the duo has already collected, like five boxes of dandelions from Earth. Next on the list: five pairs of flying shoes from Mercury, inhabited by Merballs. Hostile Venutons of Venus, the twosome’s last stop, try to prevent Amelia and Uglesnoo from trading with the Merballs (“Do not keep these criminals. Bring us the prisoners”). But the Merballs are basically friendly and don’t want trouble. They have problems of their own: They are suffering from asteroid strikes that create a sickening fog of dust, hospitalizing many. After another asteroid hit, Amelia and Uglesnoo come under suspicion and are briefly imprisoned. They fall into an old iron mine, from which they escape. Amelia develops a cunning plan to smash the asteroids with a cannon of her design, using raw materials from the mine. If she’s successful and a grateful Empress Ping rewards them with flying shoes, they’ll be one step closer to curing Uglesnoo’s sister—and maybe Amelia will have a chance to try out Mercury’s inviting slide transportation system. Blanchard (Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage, 2016, etc.) writes a fast-paced tale with a young heroine who’s a quick thinker. Designing and crafting the cannon shows Amelia’s ingenuity and reflects the current interest in maker culture. There’s also plenty of silly fun, such as the green slime floor in the prison cell that almost engulfs Amelia and Uglesnoo, as well as cool tech, like the Plutonian’s multifunctional bed, which plays a role in their escape. Palmisano’s (An Amazing Circus of Phonograms, 2017) illustrations are colorful and three-dimensional, the mix of Earth and alien characters having a family resemblance in their googly eyes.

Adventure, inventiveness, and humor merge in this quirky, appealing tale.

 

Pub Date: June 19th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-981496-11-2
Page count: 70pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online: Sept. 14th, 2018

Famous Constellations: Ursa Major, Ursa Minor and the Big and Little Dippers!

shutterstock_569889802Now you’ve all heard of the famous Big Dipper and Little Dipper.  I’m sure you also know about the Big Bear and Little Bear constellations or to use their latin terms, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.

But did you know that the the group of stars commonly known as the Big Dipper and Ursa Major are actually the same thing?  And that the stars that make up the Little Dipper are also a part of the Ursa Minor constellation?

Or to be more precise, the handle of the Big Dipper is the bear’s tail and the the dipper’s cup is the bear flank in the Big Bear constellation. The Little Dipper is the bear’s tail and flank in the Little Bear constellation.   In fact both the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper are actually not constellations but asterisms.  An asterism is a distinctive group of stars.

But how did the Big Bear and Little Bear constellations get their names? Well every civilization has a different story, but what’s unusual about these constellations is that a lot of diverse cultures all decided that these two particular constellations looked like bears.

Native Indians in both Canada and the USA identify these constellations as bears, as well as the more familiar story from Greek and Roman mythology.  Native Indian stories  tell of a dramatic bear hunt led by a fearless warrior across the night sky.

The ancient Greeks and Romans – as usual- have an even more elaborate story to explain these bear-like constellations.

Callisto, a beautiful young woman was out hunting in the forest.  She became tired and decided to take a nap. Whilst she was sleeping, she caught the eye of the god Jupiter (Zeus in Greek Mythology).  Jupiter’s wife, Juno, (Hera in Greek Mythology) became extremely jealous of Callisto, because being jealous is Juno (Hera’s) main hobby.  Yes, she desperately needs to get another hobby.  Anything will do! Later, Juno found out that Callisto had given birth to a son. She believed that Jupiter (Zeus) was the father of her son. Driven mad by jealousy Juno, (Hera) transformed Callisto into a bear, so she would no longer be pretty. Callisto’s son was named Arcas.  He ended up being adopted and also grew up to be a hunter.  During this time Callisto still lived in the forest as a bear. One day Callisto-the- bear strolling through the forest caught sight of her long-lost son Arcas.  She was so excited to see him that she ran up to him, forgetting she was a bear. Arcas thought the bear was about to attack him and and shot an arrow at Callisto-the-bear, his actual mother.  Fortunately from up high in Olympia, Jupiter (Zeus) saw the arrow and prevented it from killing Callisto. To save Callisto and Arcas from further torment from Juno (Hera), Jupiter (Zeus) decided to change Arcas into a bear as well.   Then he grabbed both bears by their  tails, and flung them up in the night sky as the Big Bear and Little Bear constellations and there they stay, immortalized for all time.

The best time to view both these constellations is in early Spring, at around 9pm, (latitudes +90 degrees and -30 degrees).  You can either use a sky chart (downloadable on the internet) or an app.  My favorite stargazing app is the Sky Safari app.  It’s an excellent  tool for quickly identifying the constellations as they rotate through the celestial heavens!

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,  ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage and Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon.  These are the first three books in Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures.  The author is currently working on the fourth book in the series, Amelia, the Snapperjacks and the Molten Maze.

Ever wondered if aliens exist?  What if one needed your help?  Would you travel into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

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Book Three: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon

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Amelia and Uglesnoo land on Mercury.  They meet the Merballs, the friendly aliens that live there.  All goes well until an asteroid hits their planet.  Amelia and Uglesnoo find themselves in deep trouble.  How will they convince the Merballs
of their innocence?  And how will they manage to collect the flying shoes, escape Mercury and continue their quest to save Uglesnoo’s sister?

“…This third book is even more original, fun and creative! With aliens, different planets, a good dose of humor and excellent storytelling that is age-appropriate, this is one of the best kids series out there. The illustrations are pretty fun too and fit the story well.”
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Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

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Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

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When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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“Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

 

A Look Inside – Book Three: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon

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Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon, the third book in my Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventure Series – set on Mercury – is due out very soon.  I’m sharing a sneak peek with you.  What crazy adventure is about to take place this time?

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

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Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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Fun Space Facts for Children: Earth, the Goldilocks Planet

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Fun Space Facts for Children: Earth, the Goldilocks Planet

Name:   Earth is the only planet not named after a Greek or Roman God or Goddess.  Instead the name simply means the soil beneath us.  It is thought that the word came from both the English and German words, ‘eor(th)e/ertha’ and ‘erde’, which means ground. But who named our planet in the first place?  No-one knows…it remains an earthly mystery!

Diameter:  7,926 miles or 12,756 kilometers

Temperature:  136°F /58°C to -126°F/-88°C

Fun Facts About Earth:
What’s the most amazing thing about our beautiful planet?  The answer to that is easy…it’s the only planet with life on it  And not just in our solar system.  As far as we know it’s the only living planet in our vast universe. But what makes earth even more special is the huge diversity and variety of all the life upon it.

Why do we even have life on Earth? Well our planet has a number of unique features.  The most important is thought to be Earth’s large amounts of water and in just the right amount.   Not too much that it covers everything, but not too little that it becomes a desert, like Mars and Venus, (the closest planets to earth).

Our plate tectonics – the movements of the Earth’s crust- are also thought to be important. Scientists believe they created our mountain ranges and deep oceans.  They also keep our oceans at an even temperature, helping life to flourish.

But why is Earth sometimes called the Goldilocks planet?  Well if you remember the ‘just right’ part of the Goldilocks story, Earth is as choosy as that little blonde girl.  She picked just the right distance from the Sun to have the perfect heat for life to begin and evolve.  Another perfect thing about Earth is its size.  If she was smaller, we wouldn’t be able to hold onto our atmosphere, any larger and she would be too hot for life.

Our moon is also thought to play a role in life on Earth.  She pulls the ocean’s tides.  and life is thought to have evolved from the oceans.

So are we really alone in this enormous universe? Or might there might be other Earth-like planets harboring aliens like Uglesnoo, the cute friendly alien in my childrens’ books?  Well as you can see from reading this blog, it takes a lot of special features to create a Goldilocks planet.  However the Universe is so huge that  scientists believe that there should be many planets out there just like ours.  And where there is another Earth-like planet, there might be life.  Maybe one day, Goldilocks will find her twin!

Earth is also where my story begins in book one of Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures.  Amelia receives a gift for her birthday.  The present turns out not to be a present at all, but a fun friendly alien called Uglesnoo from Pluto.  Uglesnoo desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should she venture into outer space?

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace, Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage and Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon. These are the first three books in, Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures, an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 6-10).

 

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Amelia and Uglesnoo land on Mercury.  They meet the Merballs, the friendly aliens that live there.  All goes well until an asteroid hits their planet.  Amelia and Uglesnoo find themselves in deep trouble.  How will they convince the Merballs of their innocence?  And how will they manage to collect the flying shoes, escape Mercury and continue their quest to save Uglesnoo’s sister?

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Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

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When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

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“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

Curious about Capricorn the Goat? The Story behind Capricorn and how to Spot this Constellation in the Night Sky

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Capricorn Characteristics:  Capricorn represents those born from December 22—January 19.  Capricorn is the tenth Zodiac sign of the year, right after Sagittarius.

Myth and Legend:  The origin of Capricorn mythology is shrouded in mystery.  Capricorn is often represented as either a goat or a sea-goat.  As a sea-goat, it is shown with the tail of a fish.  Ancient Greek myths often had sea-goats depicted in their art, but little is known about the origins of these drawings.  One story that has been passed down through the ages begins with the sea-goat Pricus.

Pricus was the father of all the sea-goats; thought to be highly intelligent creatures that lived in the sea, but near the shoreline.  This special race of goats had the gifts of speech, reason and were highly favored by the gods.

Pricus is associated with the God Chronos—the God of time— and he shares Chronos’s ability to manipulate time.  Pricus’s children were drawn to the shore and began to spend more and more time out of the water.  They would drag themselves to the beach and lay in the sun.  Overtime their fish tails turned into hind legs and they lost their abilities to speak and think, becoming the simple goats that we know today.

The clever father sea-goat Pricus was very upset with this transformation.  He feared that one day all his children would lose their intelligence and unique abilities and become mindless animals, who would not be able to return to the sea.

So Pricus hatched a plot.  He used his ability to reverse time, so that the normal goats reverted back to sea-goats swimming in the sea, talking and thinking just as before.  But no matter how many times Pricus reversed time, his children continued to be drawn to the shore.  Time and time again their fish tails turned to legs and their special powers faded away.

Pricus finally realized he cannot control destiny and he allows his children to choose their future; that of becoming simple goats.  Soon he is all alone and absolutely miserable.  He asks Chronos to let him die.  Instead Chronos allows him to continue his immortality in the night sky as the Capricorn constellation.  From the stars, he can still see all his descendants running all over the mountain tops.  And that concludes the strange, peculiar tale that is the Capricorn legend!

Constellation:  So does anyone think the Capricorn constellation looks anything like a sea-goat?  No of course not, it looks more like a bandana than any actual animal.  Maybe a bandana that you’d put on a pet goat, if you’re into dressing up your smelly pet goat?

The best viewing time for the Capricorn constellation is in September at around 9pm; between latitudes + 60° and – 90° in the northern hemisphere.  If you live in the southern hemisphere, look for the Capricorn constellation in the spring.  As always use a star map as a guide and a knowledgeable star gazer to assist you.

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Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Coming soon! The third book in the series, Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon, is scheduled for publication February 2018.

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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 “Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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Alien Space Puzzle

Friendly alien is watering the plants on his planet. Complete the puzzle and find the missing parts of the picture.

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Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Coming soon! The third book in the series, Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon, is scheduled for publication December 2017.

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

kindle cover for upload

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 “Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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Space Puzzle Circles

 

 

 

Space Puzzle

Space PuzzleA little space puzzle for you to solve with your child.   Also, exciting news in that the third book in the Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventure Series is coming out very soon!

Watch out for, Book Three: Amelia the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon! For more details about the series, click on the following link:

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Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Coming soon! The third book in the series, Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon, is scheduled for publication December 2017.

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

kindle cover for upload

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 “Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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Coming Soon! Book Three: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon

The third adventure in the Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventure Series is about to take flight!PAGE-21

The aliens of Mercury are friendly… until an asteroid hits their planet. Amelia and Uglesnoo find themselves accused of treachery. How will they convince the Merballs of their innocence? And how will they manage to collect the flying shoes, leave Mercury and continue their quest on time?

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Coming soon! The third book in the series, Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon, is scheduled for publication April 2018.

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

kindle cover for upload

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 “Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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Fun Space Jokes! How did I write this blog? I Planet!

Q. Why did the sun go to school?
A. To get brighter!

Q.What do you call a tick on the moon?
A A luna-tick.

Q.What kind of music do planets sing?
ANeptunes!

Q.What did the alien say to the garden?
A. Take me to your weeder!

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Q.What did Mars say to Saturn?
A. Give me a ring sometime!

Q. What do you call an alien with three eyes?
A. An aliiien.

Q. What is a spaceman’s favorite chocolate?
A. A marsbar!

Q. Why didn’t the sun go to college?
A. Because it already had a million degrees!

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Q. Why did the cow go to outer space?
A. To visit the milky way.

Q. Why did Venus have to get an air conditioner?
A. Because Mercury moved in.

Q. How do you know when the moon has enough to eat?
A. When it’s full.

Q. What is an astronauts favorite key on the keyboard?
A. The space bar!

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Q. What’s a light-year?
A. The same as a regular year, but with less calories.

Q. What did the alien say to the cat?
A. Take me to your litter.

Q. What do planets like to read?
A. Comet books!

Q. How do you get a baby astronaut to sleep?
A. You rocket!

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Q. How does the man-in-the-moon cut his hair?
A. Eclipse it!

Q. What do you get if you cross Santa Claus with a space ship?
A. A u-f-ho-ho-ho!

Q. How do you organize a space party?
A. You planet!

Q. Why don’t aliens eat clowns?
A. Because they taste funny!

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Q. What was the first animal in space?
A. The cow that jumped over the moon!

Q. Why did Mickey Mouse go to outer space?
A. He was looking for Pluto.

Q. Where do astronauts keep their sandwiches?
A. In a launch box!

Q. What do you call a loony spaceman?
A. An astronut.

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Q. Where would an astronaut park his space ship?
A. A parking meteor!

Q. Why did the people not like the restaurant on the moon?
A. Because there was no atmosphere.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Coming soon! The third book in the series, Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon, is scheduled for publication December 2017.

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?  For the adventures… of a lifetime!

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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 “Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

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“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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Curious about Sagittarius the Archer? The Story of Sagittarius and how to Spot this Constellation in the Night Sky

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Sagittarius represents those born from November 22—December 21.   Sagittarius is the ninth Zodiac sign of the year, right after Scorpio.

Myth and Legend: Sagittarius the Archer is the Centaur Chiron from Greek Mythology.  Centaurs have the head and upper torso of a man and lower body of a horse.  Of all the centaurs, Chiron was the most respected.  He taught famous Greek heroes such as Jason, Hercules and Achilles and he was considered a superb musician, physician and of course archer!

Unfortunately, one day Chiron was shot by a poisoned arrow (from the Learnean Hydra) from one of his former students; the mighty Hercules himself.  The stray arrow was an accident, but as Chiron was immortal he could not die, but still suffered greatly from the poisoning.  Chiron went to the Gods and offered to give up his immortality, so that he could die.  He asked the Gods if he could replace Prometheus, who originally gave fire to man:  The Gods punished Prometheus for his gift to man and ever since he had been chained to rocks.  Zeus, ruler of the Greek Gods (Jupiter in Roman mythology) – touched by Chiron’s kindness in relieving Prometheus from his endless pain – put Chiron in the night sky as the Sagittarius constellation.

Constellation: This constellation looks more like a dancing spider, than a mythological half man/half beast.  But that’s constellations for you! Probably the result of poor eyesight in the time before contacts!

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The best viewing time for the Sagittarius constellation is in August at around 9pm, between latitudes + 55° and – 90° in the northern hemisphere.  If you live in the southern hemisphere, you have the best view of this southerly constellation.  Your time to stargaze is in the middle of the winter, when Sagittarius is directly overhead in the night sky. As always use a star map as a guide and if possible a knowledgeable star gazer to assist you.

Extra Fun Fact: Sagittarius is Latin for The Archer.  It is usually depicted as a Centaur —mythological creature with the torso of a human and the body of a horse—pulling back a bow.

Next Post—Curious about Capricorn the Sea-Goat? (December 22 – January 19). The Story of Capricorn and How to spot this Constellation in the Night Sky.

 Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?  For the adventures… of a lifetime!

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer space?

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Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

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Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

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“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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