Life on Mars


by Jon Agee (Dial Books, 2017)

The trickiest thing to get right in a picture book is its drama between the words and the pictures. Its theatrics. Its page-turning-suspense.

Jon Agee is so very good at this. Always, and Life on Mars is not an exception.

This brave little astronaut heads to Mars. With a neatly wrapped up gift. That’s what you do when you barge in on someone else’s life.


Except, nobody seems to be there after all.


Except . . .


Luckily, this brave little astronaut forges on, and he does find life. A flower, a yellow one, nestled into some steep rocks.

And he is thrilled.


There’s something so delightful in this gigantic martian just going along with it. Maybe he’s scared the little astronaut will get spooked. Maybe he’s spooked himself. But to lay down and lift this small invader up to see his rocket ship? The sweetest.

Strangers, but friends.


PS: Here’s a fun interview my pal Travis did with Jon. And where we all first got a peek of the trailer!


  • Myrna Foster
    Posted July 4, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Aww, that looks so cute! And funny! Thank you!

  • Posted July 6, 2017 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    I really liked this book. Simple and sweet.

  • Terry Jacobsen
    Posted July 13, 2017 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Jon Agee does it again with Life on Mars! Love this book!!!