Hedgie Blasts Off!

Hedgie Blasts Off!

by Jan Brett

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Overview

More than anything Hedgie wants to be an astronaut and travel into space. He gets his chance the day the geyser, Big Sparkler, starts to sputter and fade, disappointing all the alien tourists, who fly to the tiny planet of Mikkop to throw coins into Big Sparkler and look at the strange flowers that survive on its sparkles.

Because only Hedgie can fit into a small space ship, he flies to Mikkop, where he not only finds out what is clogging up Big Sparkler, but fixes the problem in a most unusual way. He returns home a hero amid cheers from the aliens and the scientists back at the Star Lab.

With an amazing gatefold illustration of Hedgie bursting out of Big Sparkler this is not only one of Jan Brett's most inventive books, but it's one of the funniest. Fans will love the unusual setting as they laugh along with a wild cast of characters, including comic aliens, canine scientists and bird reporters.

So jump on a spaceship and take a ride to Big Sparkler. You'll be glad you made the trip!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399246210
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/07/2006
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 307,953
Product dimensions: 10.31(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

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Hedgie Blasts Off 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have two boys ages 8 and 4 and they both loved this book so much! The illustrations are incredible and the story is interesting and not predictable. Hedgies is so cute, and so are the other creatures in the story.
mmgomez1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This fantasy is about a hedgehod who dreams of travelig into outer space as an astronaut. I did not think it was very creative though, I though it was a very simple and plain story.
bspentecost on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hedgie has never been to space but he is the only who can fit in the craft to go to space. Hedgie is going to save Mikkop. When he gets to Mikkop he sees that it is full of coins. Hedgie makes a brave move and jumps out to clear the coins. Once the coins are clear flowers instantly start to grow. When Hedgie gets back he is awarded the first astronaut hedgehog and is considered a real hero. This was a fun book to read. I would read this to a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade class. I think it would be good to talk about during science. It would make space a little more interesting.
kdcoshatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was about believing in your dreams. This book shows children that it doesn't matter who you are or how small or big you may be, if you can think it or dream it than you can do it. You should never let anyone tell you you can't do something. Hedgie wanted to go into space and he did because he always believed in his dreams.
fnborries on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about Hedgie who works at a Star Lab as a cleanup man. He so badly wants to be an astronaut. Something in outspace goes wrong and the robot is broken and they need Hedgie to go into outerspace. He gets his chance to go be an astronaut. This would be a good story to read to 2nd-3rd grade before science to motivate them.
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hedgie Blasts off is a cute book about Hedgie the hedgehog, whose greatest dream is becoming an Astronaut. Currently Hedie works on the clean-up crew for Star Lab (run by a dog Professor who is in charge of Outer Space no less). As we join the story The Professor is telling Hedgie to call in all the scientists, they've got a problem with the Big Sparkler and they MUST do something about it right away! The scientist work and work and build a Rescue Robot to send out to fix the problem...but come the day of the launch Rescue Robot seems to have probed too soon (winding up in the storage closet). It's up to Hedgie to save the day and travel out to the Big Sparkler and assess the problem. Will he be able to determine what's happened to make the Big Sparkler stop working? You'll have to read to find out! Overall, this is a charming little story about never giving up on your dreams because they may come true in unexpected and unusual ways! This cute little tale is enhanced greatly by the vivid and colorful artwork that will give kids something extra to do...as it's so rich and full of detail that readers will want to pause and really get a good look at all the detail before moving on to the next page! I give it five stars, this is an excellent story book for young readers and would make a fine read aloud for ages 0-4 and an excellent beginner book for your budding reader (ages 4-6). Kids over age 6 will probably be enthralled by the art, but the story will probably not be of much interest to them.
missmichelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Age Appropriateness: PrimaryGenre: The author creates a world with her imagination were Hedgie the Hedgehog is a Janitor at the Star Lab and his boss the Professor is a dog in need of some help for on one of his missions into space. The characters are all very believable in this make believe world of talking animals on a mission into space to save a planet. This fantasy story comes to life as it teaches the reader about making dreams come true.
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Nanny0717 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book - pictures are awesome and it was a great part of our summer reading program!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago