By Jon Scieszka & Steven Weinberg

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Jon Scieszka, the groundbreaking storyteller and master of wit, brings us a smart and hilarious adventure. AstroNuts doesn’t just break new ground—it breaks outer space! Brilliant.
— DAV PILKEY, bestselling author of the Dog Man and Captain Underpants series

It’s happening now – humans have gone too far, wrecking planet Earth. We might need to find a new planet. But who could possibly help us do that?

The AstroNuts!

Lucky for us, back in the 1980s, NNASA (NotNASA) created four secret super-powered Animal Astronauts — AlphaWolf, SmartHawk, LaserShark, and StinkBug.

They were built to be automatically launched into space to check out possible Goldilocks planets if things on Earth ever got too bad. Unlucky for us, things just got too bad.

The AstroNuts first destination, the Plant Planet, looks just right. It has oxygen, shelter, water, and no obvious intelligent life. But what if plant life has a mind of its own? And what if that mind has one very scary plan for our AstroNuts?

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How the book was made

How did we make this crazy art? With the Rijksmuseum and drawing and more.

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make your own art

Print out collage elements and other fun stuff here so you can make your own.


About Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg


Jon Scieszka wrote AstroNuts. He has written a lot of other books too.

He was named the first National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and the Catskills, New York.

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Along with scores of engravers from the 17th century, Steven Weinberg illustrated AstroNuts.

He’s also written and illustrated a bunch of books for kids. He lives in the Catskills, NY.

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