Meet the Planets
Soar into the Solar System to witness the first Favorite Planet Competition, emceed by none other than the former-ninth planet, now known as dwarf planet Pluto. The readers become the judges after the sun can’t pick a favorite and the meteors leave for a shower. Who will the lucky winning planet be? Could it be speedy-messenger Mercury, light-on-his-feet Saturn, or smoking-hot Venus? Readers learn all about each planet as Pluto announces them with short, tongue-in-cheek facts. Children will spend hours searching the art for all the references to famous scientists and people of history, space technology, constellations, art, and classic literature.
Written by John McGranaghan
Illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 5-10, Grades K-5
Lexile: AD 760, AR: 4.2, RC: 3.6, F&P: O
Hardcover ISBN: 9781607181231, $16.95
Paperback ISBN: 9781607188698, $9.95
Educator Keywords:   astronomy, solar system, planets, earth science, relative size planets
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"Amusingly framed as a cheesy popularity contest, this parade of personified planets features illustrations in which rotund, recognizably marked caricatures of these heavenly bodies pose and mug, surrounded by an entourage of relevant...scientists, space probes, satellites both natural and artificial, books, constellations, and astronomical symbols. The breezy, unconventional approach makes this a promisingly engaging way to introduce, or re-introduce, our celestial neighbors."
-School Library Journal

"Laurie Allen Klein does a beautiful job of illustrating this fun-to-read book on planets. Designed to attract middle grade readers from 9 to 12, Meet the Planets is chock full of information with six additional pages of activities."
-Book Loons

Author/Illustrator Info:

John McGranaghan (Saturn for My Birthday, Meet the Planets) has always been fascinated by outer space but it was his youngest son, Kyle, who asked for the planet Saturn for his fourth birthday. That request became the inspiration for Saturn for My Birthday. John has also written stories and articles for Boys' Quest Magazine, Pockets Magazine, Columbia Magazine, and local newspapers. He is winner of the 2001 Pockets Fiction Contest. When John isn't writing, he enjoys sports and spending time with his wife and two boys. John currently works as a school counselor in the Philadelphia suburbs. This is his first picture book. Visit John's Website.

Laurie Allen Klein has been a freelance artist for nearly 25 years. Over the last several years, she has worked as the on-staff artist for a marine park, where she does everything from painting life-size sea animal murals to illustrating children’s activity books. In addition to The Ghost of Donley Farm, Laurie has illustrated Fur and Feathers, Where Should Turtle Be?, Little Skink’s Tail, Solar System Forecast, Meet the Planets, If a Dolphin Were a Fish and Balloon Trees for Arbordale. She was the winner of the Outstanding Pennsylvania Author/Illustrator Award from the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association in 2008 and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Laurie lives in Florida. See more of her artwork at


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