Synopses & Reviews
When Davey Martin's family moves to Mars, he discovers that there's nothing to do--at least until he and his robot dog Polaris learn to seize the spirit of adventure. It's not until they've zipped around the planet on his flying scooter--climbing Martian "trees," digging up "fossils," dancing in Martian rain dances--that they discover a treasure that finally piques Davey's interest--a source of water on the red planet!
Chris Gall's new picture book plays on the themes (and ironies) of a complaint parents have heard from their children a thousand times: "There's nothing to do!" The book also offers a deeper lesson to our stationary, convenience-driven society: If you're creative and look carefully, you'll be amazed at what you find!
"Davey and his pioneer parents may live on the Red Planet, but conditions are far from rosy. 'The nights were very cold. The dust storms were terrible.... 'I'm bored!' Davey shouted one day.' Davey and his leaky robot dog glumly explore the dry, rocky terrain, where they dig up 'an old toy' a six-wheeled object that space buffs will recognize as a long-lost NASA Rover. All Davey's activities emphasize the lack of water (and the promise of it): He climbs a desiccated tree and plays with amphibious-looking Martians who 'had not been able to take a bath in a very long time, and... smelled worse than skunks.' Davey accidentally stumbles upon a gushing water source, thereby alleviating his boredom and radically changing his planet. Gall envisions Mars's surface as an austere Sedona landscape, carved with rust-red, pumpkin-orange and wheat-gold canyons. He produces his linocut-style compositions with hand-engraved, clay-coated boards, and the smooth results are striking but impersonal. Where these stylized images imply an almost corporate aesthetic, the endpapers present 'Davey Martin's Mars Journal (Top Secret!),' in a chalky white scrawl on terracotta paper; ironically, the comic first-person approach here tells more about Davey's personality than the story itself does. Ages 3-6." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
After Davey Martins family moves to Mars, he discovers that theres nothing to do--at least until he and his robot dog Polaris learn to seize the spirit of adventure. Full color.
About the Author
Chris Gall is the award-winning author and illustrator of Dear Fish, There's Nothing to Do on Mars, and his most recent, Dinotrux, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2009. His books have received numerous starred reviews and awards including a Borders Original Voices Book for 2006 for Dear Fish and a Kirkus Best Children's Book for 2008 for There's Nothing to Do on Mars. Chris has won a multitude of awards from organizations like the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts Magazine, and is also the illustrator of America the Beautiful, a Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Book of 2004. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.