Get ready for killer cupcakes! Deadly donuts! And an outer space adventure with illustrations on almost every page.
Astra’s family is moving—to a whole new planet. And what does any kid need on moving day? Snacks! But when Astra asks her spaceship’s computer to whip up the ultimate dessert, it makes cakes so amazing that they come to life. Now these cake-monsters are destroying the ship! Can Astra and her robot friend stop them in time? Or are these terrible treats a recipe for disaster?
For early chapter book readers who are ready for something longer, the Not-So-Impossible Tales are packed with silly humor, action, and larger-than-life fun.
“An out-of-this-world choice to read alone or read aloud.” —School Library Journal
“Will appeal to reluctant and strong chapter-book readers alike.” —Booklist
"Goofy fun from the first page, and Astra, a perfect mix of ingenious, precocious, and excitable, will grab readers right away." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
When 10-year-old Astra asks the Nom-o-Tron food synthesizer on her spaceship for the "ultimate cake" ("I want something so delicious, it's scary!"), she inadvertently sets in motion a wild intergalactic adventure filled with ferocious cakes with razor-sharp teeth, spoon-stealing aliens, and an unlikely but endearing friendship with a Nameless Horror. Astra and her parents (McIntyre's orange-and-black illustrations reveal them to be a mixed-race family) are heading to Nova Mundi to make "the new planet ready for other people from Earth." Given that the journey will take 199 years and requires cryogenic stasis in "freezer beds," there are bound to be some bumps along the way. When Astra awakens during the journey to find their ship off course and under attack, she realizes that she is partly to blame and has to set things right. Though bits of Reeve and McIntyre's second "Not-So-Impossible Tale" (following 2014's Oliver and the Seawigs, set in the same world) have a hint of scariness, the kookiness of the characters and McIntyre's humorous cartoons, which are fully integrated into the story, keep this thrill-ride light and fun. Ages 7 10.