Product Details
List Price:
3 to 7
P to 2
Trim Size:
9" x 9"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-955-1
Full-color illustrations
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Niko may live on boring old Planet Home (Earth) with his family, but that doesn’t stop him from having big adventures in space. With a box from his backyard and a little imagination, he flies off into the galaxy, accompanied by his robot, Radar, and his dog, Tag. Who’s not invited on this voyage? His annoying sister, Posh, who seems to pop up at the most inconvenient times. In this first (mis)adventure, Niko and trusty crew (and possibly a sisterly stowaway) fly to the moon in search of a lost cat. Illustrated in a comic-book style, with panels and speech bubbles, this picture
book—the first in a series—will captivate boys and girls alike.



“Niko has an impressive space fantasy going, aided by a tricked-out cardboard-box rocket ship, his dog, his trusty robot toy, and Neubecker’s vivid, comically earnest cartooning. But his sister, Posh, keeps trying to hijack the narration, despite Niko’s admonition that “She is not in this story.” . . . Regan (Barnyard Slam) takes readers inside the head of a very imaginative child, honoring Niko’s desire to control his story while affectionately spoofing it. It’s a funny and fresh spin on sibling conflict . . .” —Publishers Weekly

“The text is clear and the narration concise. . . . A good read-aloud to highlight strong female characters and discuss sibling rivalries.” —School Library Journal 

“Neubecker's solid lines and bright colors channel comic-book art, with multiple frames carrying the narrative on several pages. The themes of imaginary play and sibling rivalry provide good-natured support for a lighthearted, easy-to-read adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Dian Curtis Regan

Dian Curtis Regan is the author of many books for young readers, ranging from picture books to young-adult novels. Her books have received many honors, including Best Books for Young Adults, Children’s Choice Awards, Junior Library Guild selections, Los Angeles Times Recommended Books, New York Public Library’s Best Titles, state award nominations, and foreign editions. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Visit

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Meet the Illustrator

Robert Neubecker

Robert Neubecker is the award-winning author-illustrator of Wow! City!, Wow! America!, and Wow! School!, and the illustrator of The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Monsters and its companion The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Kids. He lives in Park City, Utah. Visit  

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