Marvel and Tom Angleberger, the author who brought us gems like Fake Mustache and the Origami Yoda series, have joined forces to create a new series that follows the adventures of my favorite Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket and Groot. (For those unfamiliar with these characters, Rocket is basically a moody space raccoon, and Groot is a walking, talking tree who says just one phrase, “I am Groot.”) These new adventures are written for a young audience and are a great addition to the world of the Guardians. (Many younger readers may not be quite ready for some of the adult humor in the movies.)
The first book in a 3-book series, Rocket and Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall!, comes out on March 8th, and will likely be a necessary purchase in many elementary and middle school libraries. In addition to focusing on two wildly popular comic book characters, the book is easy-to-read, entertaining, and a perfect fit for reluctant readers.
Let’s take a closer look…
After a bunch of space piranhas destroy their ship, Rocket and Groot, famed Guardians of the Galaxy, find themselves stranded on a strange planet. In an effort to find water, food, and some rich soil for Groot, the pair–accompanied by their totally awesome tape dispenser, Veronica–explore this planet that seems to be one huge strip mall.
It doesn’t take long for Rocket, Groot, and Veronica to realize that something is not quite right about this place. Is it the overly friendly robots working in each store? Is it the robots’ insistence that they use the toilet as soon as possible? Or is it the toilets that want to swallow them whole? Yeah…it’s mostly that last one.
The situation is growing desperate for our Guardians and their truly fabulous tape dispenser. Can they figure out what’s going on before they’re torn apart by robots or flushed for good? How can they possibly escape the horrible Planet Strip Mall? Find out when you read this exciting new book by Tom Angleberger!
Rocket and Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall! is a super-fast read with illustrations throughout–most of them drawn by Rocket. (In the final version of the book, there are supposed to be some illustrations by Groot, but those were not included in the NetGalley copy I was fortunate enough to read.) The text in this book reads almost like a script, which will provide a very different, interesting experience for many readers.
I do think that some familiarity with Guardians of the Galaxy would be helpful before starting this book. Those who know at least a little about Rocket and Groot would at least know to expect a lot of snark from Rocket, and they would realize that the words “I am Groot” can have many, many meanings.
As for me, Rocket and Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall! is going on my next book order, and I look forward to talking to many of my students about this entertaining read.
If you’d like to learn more about this book and others by Tom Angleberger, I urge you to check out his website.
Until next time, this is your friendly neighborhood Knight Reader signing out!