Blast Off Boy and Blorp by Dan Yaccarino
First Day on a Strange New Planet

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There`s nothing like those first-day-of-school jitters, and when you`rethe new kid on the block, it`s even more nerve-racking. So imagine how it wouldfeel to be the new kid on the planet! Participants in a galactic spaceexchange program, Johnny Smith (a. K. A. Blast Off Boy) from Earth and Blorp Glorpfrom planet Meep are preparing for day 1 in their respective new elementaryschools. Blast Off, visiting Meep, is simultaneously blas+¬ and anxious. Blorp, on Earth, is so excited he keeps floating up to the ceiling. The storyalternates between these two boys` points of view, describing in all-too-painfuldetail that new-school feeling of just plain not belonging. In pictures and text, Yaccarino eloquently captures those alienating moments--onthe school bus (" Swell, the only free seat is next to a kid with two heads. Gross. " ) , In the classroom (" Would you tell us the square root of. 769FQ87-1/2? " ) , And the lunchroom (" `Oh boy! ` Cried Blorp. `TitaniumTetrazzini! You want some? `" ) . Fortunately, as is usually the case in thesesituations, both boys eventually begin to find their niches. This excellentstory is for any child about to embark on a brand-new, kind of scary experience. Yaccarino, with his appealing retro-futuristic pictures, is theauthor-illustrator of many quirky picture books, including Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I`m Off to theMoon! . (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

 

About Dan Yaccarino

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Artist and freelance illustrator Dan Yaccarino graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1987. Yaccarino's work has appeared in periodicals such as Rolling Stone, Playboy and New York magazine. AT&T, Mount Gay Rum, Gardenburger and other companies have used his images and illustrations in their advertising. In 1993, Yaccarino published his first children's book, Big Brother Mike, and has since written or illustrated almost twenty more children's books.
 
Published September 1, 2000 by Hyperion. 40 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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In this auspicious debut of the Blast Off Boy and Blorp series, Yaccarino (Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I'm Off to the Moon) grandly unveils the Galactic Space Exchange Program. Johnny Smith, dubbed `Blast Off

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In this auspicious debut of the Blast Off Boy and Blorp series, Yaccarino (Zoom!

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