Solo space travel is fun, but having a partner is even better! Avni loves being the only astronaut in her space station, but space exploration can be a lot of work. Time for a new mission: find an assistant! Avni crisscrosses the distant galaxies (her neighborhood) in search of the perfect partner ... to disastrous results. Will Avni make space for a copilot or will it be mission impossible? Imaginations will soar with delight over this story about friendship - fueled with adventure!
A girl who loves solo space travel learns that having a partner can be even better. Avni loves being the only astronaut in her space station. She's in charge of when she takes off and where she goes. But space exploration can be a lot of work for one astronaut. It's time for a new mission: find an assistant. Avni crisscrosses the distant galaxies (her neighborhood) in search of the perfect partner. Does that even exist? Will Avni make space for a copilot or will it be mission impossible? Award-winning author Mahak Jain has crafted a witty and wonderful story about friendship, imagination and the thrill of a good adventure. Andrea Stegmaier's dynamic and highly detailed art uses line drawing overlays in orange, for Avni, and blue, for Aya, to cleverly depict the world as seen in each of their imaginations. It's a terrific representation of a child making room for both their own creativity and another's perspective. Avni's regular mantra, “An astronaut never gives up,” celebrates the power of perseverance and collaboration without compromising one's goals. This book highlights the character education concepts of teamwork, cooperation, adaptability and resilience. It also offers an invitation to children to use their imaginations and remain open to the exciting possibilities of exploration (as astronauts or aquanauts!).
Mahak Jain is a writer and editor. Her picture book Maya (Owlkids Books), illustrated by Elly MacKay, was a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, a CBC Books Best Book of the Year, and winner of the 2017 South Asia Book Award. Mahak lives in Toronto.
Andrea Stegmaier is an illustrator and architect who has worked on many children's books, including AAAlligator! (Kids Can Press) by Judith Henderson. She lives in Stuttgart, Germany.