The Children’s Book Review | May 22, 2019
Written and Illustrated by Carmen Gloria
Age Range: 4+
Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: Uncommon Grammar (April 18, 2019)
What to expect: Solar System
Author-illustrator Carmen Gloria shines a spotlight on the smallest, fastest, and innermost planet in the solar system, Mercury, while also introducing the 7 additional planets that orbit the sun. Mercury is known as the messenger in both astrology and mythology, and in Thank You, Mercury, this tiny and curious planet has the job of notifying all of the other planets that a sun storm is on the way. In this picture book blend of fiction and non-fiction, the planets each receive this important message and stay safe through the storm.
As Mercury’s message of the sun storm travels through space, readers meet Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune—with Pluto receiving an honorable mention. Through brief conversation with the planets we learn about some of their unique traits. Humor is added, too; such as when Jupiter is described as a gas giant with over 70 moons: “He farts a lot, but his many moons and the other planets are used to it.” Basic questions and answers are provided in the informative back matter of the book, covering the learning elements provided within the pages of the story. “Which planet has the most moons? Jupiter.”
Side note: Along with her love of space, it is highly possible that the author has a love of candy, as the text includes a few sweet shout-outs to gummy bears and chocolate.
While focusing on one planet, Carmen Gloria provides a quick and snappy intro to the solar system as a whole, that will surely provide a little fun for budding galactic astronomers, planetary astronomers, stellar astronomers, and solar astronomers—also known as kids who love all things “space” related.
About the Author-Illustrator
Carmen Gloria was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, now a veteran, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University. She was born in The Bronx, New York and moved to Puerto Rico at the age of ten. She is a member of SCBWI and is a writer, artist, award-winning actress, experimental short film writer/director, and even co-wrote two songs in the Billboard Dance and UK Pop charts. After moving to Norway in 2017 with her family, she decided to focus on her writing. In April 2019 she launched her first children’s picture book as an author and illustrator “Thank You Mercury!, inspired by her love of space.
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