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Explore the planet Mars in the second book in this new, nonfiction Level 1 Ready-to-Read series about the universe that’s perfect for kids who love science and space!

Do you see that red dot in the night sky? It’s Mars! Discover the exciting surprises about the Red Planet in this cosmic, fact-filled Level 1 Ready-to-Read.

About The Author

Photograph © Marion Dane Bauer

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book On My Honor and the Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award winner The Stuff of Stars. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and can be reached at

About The Illustrator

John Wallace’s formal training was not in illustration, but rather theology, which he received at University of Cambridge. However, he always loved drawing, and one of his early jobs was as a newspaper cartoonist. In his children’s book illustrations, he is particularly inspired by what he calls “the gooniness” of young schoolchildren. John lives in Broadstairs, England.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight (October 1, 2021)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534486454
  • Ages: 4 - 6

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Raves and Reviews

"Engages [readers] with the kinds of facts that kids love: Mars is a planet that has two moons, blue sunsets, a canyon as wide as the entire United States, extreme dust storms, and ground that is potentially poisonous. . . . Colorful, playful ­llustrations and simple text make this a pleasing introduction to outer space."

– School Library Journal, November 1, 2021

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