Because there are not enough stars in the cosmos!
This book is just precious, precious, and precious!
5 cosmic stars!
About the Book
11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.
I’m so elated now after finishing this book I feel like one of those whimsical red balloons drifting away in the sky.
Before I drift awaaaaaay too far awaaaaay I’ll say it…
It’s just this simple people…
EVERY HUMAN IN THE UNIVERSE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK. ESPECIALLY KIDS!
I’m not only buying this book for Our Familiarium, but I’m buying a bunch of books so I can go around handing them over. If I could I’ll attack one to a rocket and send it up so the aliens can read it too. And this book will go in the same shelf with the other timeless priceless gems I’m buying: the Little Prince, The Alchemist, Wonder and Harry Potter.
When I’m done buying all these books, this will be my let’s-stare-for-hours-and-smile-and-sight-with-pure-contentment” shelf. 🙂
People don’t make me ask you again. Read this book. You gotta read this book!
I personally just want to read this book forever, until the end of time. It will be my never-ending story, like the cosmos.
This book was so captivating from the super cute cover with the silhouette of a boy and his dog against a the blue starry night… Oh I’m so captivated right now I just want to lay back on the beach do some lazy stargazing as I used to do with my dad when I was little and, sigh… and wonder… and sigh.. and wonder…
This book is written from Alex’s POV and I fell, irremediably and idiotically, in love with his voice.
It reminded me of Butterfly during our hiking adventures. She holds my hand and takes me for a walk [yup, SHE takes ME for a walk. That’s how it is with her] while she chats incessantly about EVERYTHING. EVERY SINGLE TOPIC UNDER THE SUN: the woods, the plants, the flowers, the butterflies flying around the flowers, the birds that chase those butterflies, the sky where those birds fly, the stars above the sky and all the worlds around those stars.
Thoughts giving birth to other thoughts, one after the other like pearls in a necklace of pure, unadulterated childhood wisdom in a never ending procession of sentences and forgotten in commas and many many “ands”
So Alex is this precious kid that loves Carl Sagan [like me] and The Cosmos [like me] and rockets [like me] and Contact, the movie [like me] his soul is magical and it gleams in my favorite color which is teal [that doesn’t happen in the movie but that is how I felt], and he takes care of Carl Sagan [his dog and how precious is that name for a dog???] and of his mom [who is like depressed or something else that you’ll learn later], and he adventures by himself on this road trip to launch his rocket and he is records all his whimsical thoughts in his iPod which he wants to attach it to a rocket so the aliens know how wonderful earth is and I experienced “all the feels” with him the joy of friendship and the sadness of a broken family and mental illness and it was all so magical….
AND I LOVED IT!
AND I LOVE ALEX AND I AM ADOPTING HIM TOO!
[Second character adopted besides Lada, From And I Darken]
I had been beastly reading for weeks and I had to take a break after this book and wait for its assimilation into my soul to be completed.
My soul and this book were FULLY assimilated. Resistance was futile!
So, allow me please to share my very lengthy and emotional Goodreads experience 🙂
What about you? Do you ever have stream of consciousness like Alex’s?
Do you record them in an iPod?
When are you launching your rocket to the universe?
Thank you for visiting!