First Graders from Mars, Episode 3: Nergal and the Great Space Race
Illustrated by Mark Teague

On your mark, get set, blast off! It’s Martian Health Week, and Pod 1 is learning about the 450 food groups. They are practicing the 100-meteor dash. They all want to be ready for the space race. Only poor Nergal is a nervous wreck. What’s a first grader to do when his martian best isn’t very good? Shana Corey and Mark Teague blend their otherworldy humor with gentle reassuring messages to create the perfect beginning reader books for all the little martians in your universe. 

What people are saying:

“Nergal and the gang from Pod 1 are back, this time to learn about being healthy during Martian Health Week. The culmination is a space race. . . . Everyone is thrilled except for Nergal, who is not a good runner. The clever illustrations bring to life such zany lessons as what happens to a plant when it eats unhealthy foods like nobber pops—it wilts—and how to balance meals from the 450 food groups. Both the story and the cartoon art featuring pop-eyed characters in assorted colors will keep beginning readers in stitches, and they’ll probably learn what Nergal finally understands—that ‘What matters is you tried your martian best.’” —School Library Journal


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