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Kirkus Review of, ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.’

Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage by Evonne Blanchard

AMELIA, THE VENUTONS AND THE GOLDEN CAGE

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.”
From the “Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures” series, volume 2
by Evonne Blanchard, illustrated byMikeMotz.com

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this second installment of a space-travel fantasy series for young readers, a little girl and her purple alien pal visit Venus.

At the end of the first book in Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures chapter-book series, the 8-year-old title character returns from a trip to the moon with her new friend Uglesnoo, a three-armed visitor from Pluto. The two are working their way through the solar system (one planet per volume, it seems) to locate items necessary to save Uglesnoo’s sister from an “endless sleep” and to find an antidote for the rafter-raising snores of Amelia’s sibling. Next stop: Venus, to collect “20 Bliss Bubbles” in exchange for 10 boxes of “Moo-Bon” candy, acquired from the Moochin moon dwellers as a reward for helping them reclaim their underwater Sapphire Palace. Venus is home to catlike “Venutons,” who breathe out silver “bliss bubbles” while sleeping. (These can be cut and knotted at the ends like balloons. The deeper the sleep, the larger the bubbles.) Awakened, the Venutons make it clear that bliss bubble collectors are not welcome. After betrayal by cave-dwelling rabbit creatures, imprisonment in a rolling golden cage shaped like a giant ball of yarn, and a tussle aboard Uglesnoo’s spaceship with one last vengeful Venuton, the pair escapes thanks to Amelia’s quick thinking. Dispensing with the realities of planetary science, Blanchard (Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace, 2014) has fun with her imaginary solar system and its inhabitants. Readers should, too. But as wacky as things get (chocolate rain from an “Interspecies Feeder”), Blanchard also delivers thoughtful balance (“The stars scattered like spilled sugar in the inky darkness”). She grounds her plot, too, in Amelia’s relatable moments of uncertainty and her ability to use her head to solve dilemmas as well as in helpful reminders of the escapade’s central purpose: curing Uglesnoo’s sister. Motz’s full-bleed, cartoon-style illustrations, mixed with variously colored text-only pages, reflect the book’s offbeat appeal.

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

 

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Read the First Few Chapters FOR FREE of, ‘Amelia the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,’ by Evonne Blanchard.

Amelia The Moochins cover 1-16

1.  A Present That Wasn’t

“Eight.  I am eight.   Today.  Amazing!” Amelia sprinted downstairs.

“Can I have some of your presents?” asked little sister Charlotte.

“Nooo.  Mom, Charlotte’s trying to steal from me!”

“Now, no arguing you two!”said their mother.

Amelia rushed through breakfast. Soon after bits of wrapping paper lay between books, a dress and a new pair of swimming goggles.

The last gift.  A square box, covered in silver paper. Amelia tore open the paper and lifted up the top flap of the box.

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“Who’s that from?” asked Amelia’s mom.

“Err.  Let me see.  Oh it’s from Aunt Janet.”   She pulled out a book.

“Oh look, it’s all about butterflies.  I love butterflies!”

“Is there something else in there?”

Amelia put her hand inside the package and pulled out a second present.

“Oh wow.  This is strange!”

“It’s a stuffed animal!” chirped Charlotte.

“I’ve never seen a cuddly look anything like this… Is it supposed to be some sort of purple octopus?  But, it’s only got three tentacles, instead of eight.  And why did they put hands at the end of them?  And look, it’s got two skinny pink legs as well.”

“Flamingo legs!” beamed Charlotte.

“And squashy yellow feet and green toenails!  Weird!”

Her mom peered at the toy.  “Very strange!  I wonder who came up with that?”

“Did it just­­—? Mom I think it just winked at me!” Amelia looked again.  But this time both of the toy’s large purple eyes stayed wide open.

“Really?   Well does it comes with batteries?  Maybe that made its eyes move?”

Amelia turned the toy over.  But no battery compartment, or anything else to explain the wink.  Why did it feel so warm?  Really too warm to be a stuffed animal…

Later that night, Amelia lay awake in bed thinking about her birthday, especially her strange gift.

A wriggle.  Something had wriggled at the end of her bed.  Amelia sat up and saw that her purple octopus present was upright and glowing, large purple eyes lit from within.

“Oh I thought you might be asleep,” said the creature in perfect English, but with a funny little accent.

Amelia was speechless.  It talked.  It was alive?

“Err…wh-wh…Who are …Wh…what are you?” she stuttered.

“My name is Uglesnoo and I’m from Pluto,” the creature replied.  “You know Pluto?   The planet?  It’s in our solar system.”

“What….Do you mean that you’re an alien?  A real alien!”

“Well I certainly don’t think of myself that way.  But I suppose I am to you.”

Amelia bounced up and down.  “This is so exciting.  I got an alien for my birthday!  So, you’re from what planet again?”

“Pluto, the furthest planet away.  But of course the most important!”

“Oh yeah,” said Amelia.  “I remember the solar system, sort of!” Earth in blues and greens, Mars all red, then Pluto, a tiny little planet, the furthest from Earth.  “Well…err…what are you doing here?”

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“Ah good question,” replied Uglesnoo.  “Well you see I’m an interplanetary trader…”

“A what?”

“It means that I travel from planet to planet in the solar system, trading stuff with all the different aliens.  For example, the Magolytes’ jeweled eggs from Mars are in demand everywhere.  And as for the Venutons’ bliss bubbles, well—”

“Oh that sounds so exciting!” said Amelia, jumping about.

“Well, it’s not a bad life,” Uglesnoo agreed.  “Unfortunately, I lost my spaceship yesterday. Although I think I remember where I left it now.   And I was tired, so I wandered into an Earthling’s house for a snooze.  The next thing I know I’m in a box with a book thrown on top of my head…”

Just then the walls started to shake.  A growling rumble grew louder and louder.  Uglesnoo clapped his hands over his ears.

“That hideous noise—what is it?  It sounds like a hoard of stampeding dragons.  You don’t still have dragons on Earth do you?”

Amelia sighed.  “That’s my sister Charlotte.  She’s a huge snorer!  She wakes us all up with her racket!”

“ZZZZzzzzsnort, SNORT.   ZZZZzzzzsnort, SNORT.”  The rumbling thundered through the house.

“How awful for you.  Most unfortunate.  It must get in the way of a good night’s sleep?”

“It does.  We’ve tried everything, but nothing works!”

“Pity, pity, now where was I?  Oh yes a book on my head…So, I became a present.  Your present.  But I can’t stay your present.  In fact I have to go.  I have rather urgent business on the Moon.”

“The Moon?  Our Moon?  Do you mean you’re leaving…to go to the Moon?” said Amelia sadly.  “Well, will I ever see you again?  You were my most exciting present.”

2.   The Quest

Uglesnoo squirmed, then a smile grew on his face.  “It would be handy to have a companion.  This…this task.  Well…I have something very important I have to do.”

What could a space traveller from Pluto possibly need her help with, Amelia wondered.  “What task?”

“My big sister Noolong got very sick recently.  She came down with a sleeping sickness, but a terrible one.”

“Oh, I’m so sorry.  But she’ll get better eventually won’t she?” said Amelia.

Uglesnoo looked at her with pained eyes.  “Not necessarily, the only cure is a repelling crystal from the planet Neptune.”

“Well at least there’s a cure!  How do you get an, err…a repelling crystal?”

“That’s the thing.  They’re extremely expensive.  I tried to negotiate with Queen Neep—she and her husband are the rulers of Neptune you see.—but she insisted I get everything on this list.”  Uglesnoo pulled out a crumpled blue note.  “Only once I have absolutely everything will she give me a repelling crystal.”

He handed it over to Amelia.  On it were a series of strange symbols.  “Err Uglesnoo, I can’t read this.”

“I forgot.  It’s written in Plutonian.   I’ll translate.”

Barter Requirements for the Sum of One Repelling

Crystal from Neptune:

Earth  5 Boxes of Dandelions

Earth’s Moon 10 boxes of Moo-Bons

Venus ­ 20 Bliss Bubbles

Mercury – 5 Pairs of Flying Shoes

The Sun – 40 Jars of Snapperjack Honey

Mars – 20 assorted Jeweled Eggs.

Jupiter – 10 Blazebolts

Saturn – 1 Portable and Fully Stocked Satsut Apothecary

Uranus – 1 Vial of Future Air

 Pluto – 1 Creation Vacation

Upon list’s completion, return to the Planet Neptune to receive one repelling crystal.

Amelia’s eyes widened, as Uglesnoo read.  “That seems like a lot for one crystal,” she said.

Uglesnoo nodded and rubbed his eyes.  “That’s not the only bad news.  This sleeping sickness.  It gets worse, and quickly.  I have only two weeks to get everything on this list before…”

Uglesnoo stopped and choked.  He blinked his wet eyes at her before finishing.  “Before she slips into an endless sleep.”

“You-you mean if you get this crystal to her in two weeks, she’ll recover.  But if not, that’s it!”

A nod from Uglesnoo.  “So you see the situation is urgent.  Very urgent. But if I had an assistant, these tasks would be more bearable. I wonder, would you…Do you want to come along?”

“You mean go to the…err…actual moon with you.  But that’s so far away.  What about my mom and dad?  And my baby sister.  And isn’t it…dangerous out there in outer space?”

“Oh nonsense.  I travel throughout the universe and I’ve never had any trouble.  Well, apart from that foot singeing business on Mars,” Uglesnoo said offhandedly. “Oh and there was the time my ship took a direct hit from a blazebolt…But that’s nothing,” he trailed off, noticing the alarm on Amelia’s face.

“Well, I’m not sure…” began Amelia.

“Hmmm.  It’s possible we could find a cure for your sister’s terrible snoring while we’re out there.  We have lots of medicines in outer space.  The Satsuts of Saturn are brilliant at curing diseases.  I trade medicines with them.  We have a lot of the same illnesses out there as you do on Earth you know.”

“Really?”

“Yes, well colds, flu, stomach aches, measles, sun withers.”
“Sun withers?  What’s that?”

“It’s when your fur starts to fade…”

Amelia giggled.

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“Oh silly me, you don’t have any fur.  Well you don’t have to worry about that one.  But if you come to the Moon with me, we can ask the Moochins if they have a medicine that might help your sister.”

“The Moochins?”

“Yes, the creatures that live on the Moon.”

“How many other aliens are out there?”

“Oh heaps.  The universe is chock full of them.  So do you want to come with me to the Moon?”

“That would be really exciting…It would be amazing if we found a cure for Charlotte’s snoring.  It wakes Mom and Dad up a lot, and they get so tired.  But I don’t know… it still seems a bit scary.”

“Nonsense.  I’ll tell you what.  This trip to the Moon can be our experiment. I’ll have you back by morning.  And if you don’t want to visit any more planets after that, that’s fine.  It really would be nice to have someone with me.  I am under terrible pressure here.”

Illustrations from Book One

“Yes, I can see that.  Well alright, I’ll come with you.”

“Great!” said Uglesnoo.  “Get dressed and we’ll go and find my spaceship.”

What do you think?  Should Amelia venture into outer space with Uglesnoo on his quest?  What will the Moochins be like?  What are Moo-Bons and how do you get them?  Is Amelia in over her head?

 If you want to find out how the adventure ends, you can click on the link below  (where you can preview) and/or buy, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace’:

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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).

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

New – 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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Amelia the Moochins 8-15

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?

Click below for a preview:

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or

Amazon.co.uk

For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

“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

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

Fun Space Facts for Children: Pluto, the Dwarf

Pluto Image

The Dwarf Planet Pluto

Name:   Pluto is named after the Roman God of the Underworld and judge of the dead. Hades is the Greek equivalent.  As king of the Underworld, who do you think he has for a faithful companion? Yes, man’s best friend, a dog.  But this being the hellish underworld, Cerberus is no ordinary dog.  He’s a gigantic three headed monster (remember Fluffy from Harry Potter?) who guards the gates and prevents the dead from leaving.

Diameter: 1,473 miles; 2,370 kilometers

Temperature:  -356°F; -215.55°C

Fun Pluto Facts:  The planet was only discovered in 1930 by the American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh.  Venetia Burney, an 11 year old England from England, won an international contest to name the planet.  Pluto keeps the tradition of naming the planets after the Roman Gods.  It also seemed a good name for such a faraway and mysterious planet!

On July 14, 2015, Nasa’s New Horizons probe did the first ever flyby of the mysterious planet Pluto.  Thanks to all new images sent back, scientists know a lot more.  For instance, Pluto has huge ice mountains and vast glaciers.  One big surprise…Pluto has a blue sky, just like our Earth!

Pluto has five moons.  One large one named Charon and four smaller ones named, Styx, Nix, Kerberos and Hydra.

Unlike the nearby gas giants, Pluto is a small rocky planet, covered in ice.  You could actually stand on its surface.  But you’d need to wrap up, it’s freezing there!

Next post: My next few posts will be about best books for children and fun activities for children.  After that, I’ll be back with some fun facts about the constellations, meteors, comets and other galaxies!

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 into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – 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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Amelia the Moochins 8-15

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

“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

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

 

Fun Space Facts for Children: Neptune, the Bluest Planet

Neptune Image

The Planet Neptune

Name:   Neptune is named after the Roman God of the oceans, lakes and rivers. Poseidon is the Greek equivalent.   Neptune the God is often shown carrying a trident and riding sea horses.  In 1612 , the famous astronomer and scientist Galileo spotted the planet Neptune, whilst looking at the night sky, but mistook it for a star.  So Neptune had to wait until 1846, when it was officially discovered by both Urbain Le Verrier, (French) and Johann Galle, (German).

Diameter: 30,777 miles;  45930.78 kilometers

Temperature:  -353°F; -212.22°C

Fun Neptune Facts:  In keeping with tradition they decided to name the planet after a Roman God.  The planet being blue, how do you think they chose its name?  Of course,   it had to be Neptune, the Roman God of the seas!

Do you know where’s the coldest place in the entire Solar System?  If you’re guessing Neptune right now, you’re getting warmer (or should I say colder?).  Actually the chilliest place in our Solar System is on Triton; one of Neptune’s eight moons.  On Triton, the temperature is a bone shivering, bitter cold of -393°F (-263.1°C) !  And you thought the North Pole was freezing!

Neptune’s composition is similar to Uranus.  It’s mainly made up of hydrogen and helium.  Scientists think it also has an icy core of water, methane and ammonia.  It’s rich blue color comes from methane in Neptune’s atmosphere.

You need to use a telescope to see Neptune.  And even then it can be hard to spot.  The best time to look for Neptune is in the month of August.  In the summer of 1989, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft took the first close ups of the planet.  You can see one of the images above.

Pluto is usually the furthest planet away in the Solar System.  But Pluto has a strange orbit, so occasionally it’s closer to the sun than Neptune.  Then Neptune becomes the furthest planet away and for up to twenty years at a time!

Next post: Fun facts about the dwarf planet Pluto.

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 into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – 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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Read this book and over 1 million other books with Kindle Unlimited.

“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

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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Click below for a preview:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500496588

Or

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1500496588

Read this book and over 1 million other books with Kindle Unlimited.

 “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

 

Fun Space Facts for Children: Uranus, the Lone Side Spinner

Uranus Image

The Planet Uranus

Name:   Uranus was discovered by the British astronomer William Herschel in 1871.  At the time King George III was on the throne in England.  The astronomer wanted to name the planet George, in honor of his king.  This idea proved unpopular with astronomers from other countries.  Instead they decided to call it after the ancient Greek God of the Sky, Ouranos, (Uranus is another spelling of the same name).  It is the only planet named after a Greek, rather than a Roman God.

 Diameter: 31,764 miles/ 51119.20 Kilometers

Temperature:  -350°F; -212°C

Fun Uranus Facts:  What’s one weird thing about Uranus?    It’s the only planet to spin on its side!  Most planets are like a spinning top when pressed down.  That’s how they rotate.  But imagine tipping that top over and spinning its middle.  That’s how Uranus rolls!

Uranus is another gas planet.  Hydrogen and helium are the main gases.  Scientists believe it has an icy-rather than rocky core-made up of water, methane and ammonia.

You have to use a telescope to see Uranus.  When you look at it, you’ll see it has a blue –green light.  Sunlight reflects from Uranus’s clouds, which lie beneath a layer of methane gas.  This gives Uranus its distinctive color.

And then there’s Uranus’s funny name.  The only planet that makes school children giggle the world over.  However-according to NASA-it’s actually pronounced YOOR-un-us.  At least that’s the only way they say it…without blushing!

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Neptune.

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 into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – 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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Read this book and over 1 million other books with Kindle Unlimited.

“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

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Amelia the Moochins 8-15

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Read this book and over 1 million other books with Kindle Unlimited.

 

“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

Fun Space Facts for Children: Saturn, the Famous Ringed Planet

Saturn Image

The Planet Saturn

Name:   Saturn was the father of Jupiter in Roman Mythology.  Kronos  is the Greek equivalent.  Saturn was a God of agriculture and also of time. Saturn the God is often depicted with a sickle over one shoulder, (symbolic of the harvest) and a clock, (symbolic of his role as timekeeper) held in his hand.

Diameter: 74,900 miles/1,20539.87 Kilometers

Temperature:  -218°F; -138.89°C

Fun Saturn Facts:  You probably remember seeing Saturn with its famous rings. But do you know what they are made of?  Rock, ice and dust, most of which are tiny!  How the rings came to be remain a mystery.  Some think they should have been a moon, that for some reason failed to form.  Others think that a moon existed, but then got broken apart.  Maybe someday we’ll get an answer.

Saturn is mainly made of gases; hydrogen with a little helium.  Scientists think there’s a spinning solid core.  It’s the least dense of any planet, meaning it weighs next to nothing, less than water.  If you could find a swimming pool big enough, Saturn would float happily on the surface!

Saturn is the root word of one day of our week.  Can you guess which one?  Yes, it’s Saturday.

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Uranus.

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 into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – 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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Read this book and over 1 million other books with Kindle Unlimited.

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Amelia the Moochins 8-15

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Read this book and over 1 million other books with Kindle Unlimited.

 

“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

Fun Space Facts for Children: Jupiter, the Gas Giant

Jupiter Image

The Planet Jupiter:  Can you take the Red Eye there?

Name:   Jupiter is named after the mighty Roman ruler of all the Gods. Zeus is the Greek equivalent.  It turned out to be a great name, as Jupiter is the biggest planet of them all!

Diameter: 88,444 miles; 142336.82 kilometers

Temperature:  -162°F; -107.77°C

Fun Jupiter Facts: Have you heard of a, ‘Red Eye?  It’s used to describe a plane flight that takes off after 9pm.  It’s also an expression associated with Jupiter which has its’ own red eye.  Jupiter’s eye is 25,000 miles long! And even though it may look like an eye, it’s actually a storm.  And an epic storm at that, it’s been continuing for over 150 years!  But we can’t yet visit Jupiter on a red eye to view its’ red eye.  The technology is beyond us at the moment.  But you can see it in the photograph above.  Does it remind you of Sauron in Lord of the Rings?  A huge creepy eye, watching over us all?

Scientists believe that Jupiter has a rocky core, but most of this planet is made up of gas.  Layers and layers of gas.  Most of it is hydrogen, then a much smaller amount of helium  and a little bit of ammonia, sulfur, methane and water vapor.

Jupiter has the most moons of any planet.  There are sixty three and scientists are still counting.  Europa is one of its many moons and is very intriguing, because it has water.  Where there is water, there might also be signs of alien life.

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Saturn.

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 into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – 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

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Amelia the Moochins 8-15

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

Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures

This book takes place on the mysterious planet of Venus.  The quest is on!  Amelia and Uglesnoo need to trade with the scary aliens on Venus.  Will they manage to find those bliss bubbles? Can the Venutons ever be trusted?  Find out in this next adventure…to be released February 2016.

Here’s a sneak peak at the cover!

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

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 into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – 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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Amelia the Moochins 8-15

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

“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

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

Fun Space Facts for Children: Mars, the Red Planet

Mars Image

The Planet Mars:  Did Martians ever invade Earth?

Name:   Mars is named after the Roman God of war, after its red color, which reminded the ancient Romans of blood!

Diameter: 4,222 miles

Temperature:  -81°F; -62.77°C.

Fun Mars Facts: Did Martians ever invade Earth?  On Sunday October 30, 1938, the United States went into mass hysteria, when the radio announced to its’ million listeners that a Martian invasion of our Earth was underway.  People were terrified.  They fled en masse in their cars, jamming the highways, fleeing the vengeful Martians.   Until…Mr. Orson Welles, a director, came on air to tell people that they were actually listening to a play!  This play was adapted from H.G. Welles famous novel, ‘War of the Worlds,’ a great read to this day.  This fictional work describes Martians landing on Earth and destroying our planet!

On July 4, 1997, Nasa successfully landed a little robot named Sojourner from its NASA pathfinder spacecraft.  The amazing Sojourner roamed around the planet Mars-the first robot to do so-beaming back amazing pictures of Mars and taking numerous samples.  This helps scientists learn more about how Mars was formed.

Mars has two Moons.  They are named Phobos, (meaning panic/fear) and Deimos, (meaning terror/dread).  These are two characters that according to Greek mythology accompany their father, the God of war, into battle.

Mons Olympus, a now extinct Volcano on Mars, is the tallest volcano in the entire solar system!

Next post: Fun facts about the giant planet Jupiter.

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 into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – 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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Amelia the Moochins 8-15

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

“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

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

 

Fun Space Facts for Children: The Sun

Sun Image

The Sun:  The Star of the Solar System!

Name:  Our Sun’s name is a bit of a mystery! Some think it came from the Old English word Sunne, but no-one knows how that word came to be used.  Others believe the word is derived from the Latin word for Sun, which is Sol.

Diameter:  864,938 miles (1,392,000km)

Temperature:  10,000 degrees Fahrenheit; 5537.78 degrees Celsius.  And that’s just scratching the surface!  The core burns at almost 30 million degrees Fahrenheit; 16666648.89 degrees Celsius!

Fun Sun Facts: The Sun is made up of gases, mainly hydrogen, helium and oxygen.  It is also made up of small amounts of neon, iron, silicon, magnesium and sulfur.

Our Sun is the only star in our solar system.  That makes its unique, because most solar systems have at least two stars.  And like the star she is, all the planets revolve around her blazing presence!

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Mars.

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 into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – 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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Amelia the Moochins 8-15

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

“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

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/