Title: Astro Pea
Author: Amalia Hoffman
Illustrator: Amalia Hoffman
A little pea named Pete pops out of his pod and goes off to explore the galaxy on a carrot. Travelling through space he meets all kinds of wonderful veggie-planets and cauliflower stars. Everything is going fine until he collides with a satellite! Can “Corn-trol shuttle” help and will he ever find his way back home?
I can’t think of many board books where every page has a completely black background and it is so effective in this book. The illustrations have a chalkboard feeling that gives this space-based story a unique feel.
My favourite spread was definitely Pete using his mushroom-parachute. Amalia has incorporated so many vegetables without it ever feeling contrived – every vegetable has a believable purpose.
I loved the quirky chalk-board-style illustrations. It’s marketed as a book to encourage children to enjoy eating their vegetables and I think it certainly has a nice tie-in for babies who are weaning as well as toddlers learning the names of vegetables. Overall, this book is so much fun, I’m sure children (veggie-lovers or not) will love this book!
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Publication date: 28 March 2019
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with an advanced digital copy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.