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Three Reasons to Read Good Night Oppy

A Review of Good Night Oppy!

Author: James McGowan

Illustrator: Graham Carter

Publisher: Boyds Mills Press, An Imprint of Boyds Mills and Kane

Year: 2021

JACKET COPY: Oppy is on a mission! An interplanetary mission! She searches Mars for signs of past life...

She explores the vast Martian terrain...

She makes INCREDIBLE discoveries!

The NASA space rover Opportunity spent 15 amazing years on the red planet. She had a truly out-of-this-world adventured.

This is her story.

I've already read this story several times. The first time, when I felt a bit short on timespan, I just read the engaging text. The next time, when I felt I had more time, I devoured the text and the sidebars. What I loved about this book, besides the interesting story of a helpful Mars rover, was that it appeals to all ages. If the child is very young, start with the text, and if the child is older, include the side bars! And I loved it too! Such interesting info!

Kids will learn about the Opportunity rover and Mars. And, in a subtle way, about death and thankfulness. It's a wonderful book with so many layers!

1. It's about Mars -- who isn't fascinated with this subject, whether they be young or old?

2. It's truly one of the most enjoyable STEM focused books I've read lately.

3. Graham Carter has personified the rover in such an endearing way as well as brought Mars to life in a fun way.

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REVIEW BY: Lynne Marie

Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten -- art by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School -- art by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- art by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- art by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling 2019 and Scholastic 2019), Let’s Eat! Mealtime Around the World -- art by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books 2019), The Three Little Pigs and the Rocket Project -- art by Wendy Fedan (Mac and Cheese Press, December 2021) and American Pie -- art by Dea Lenihan (Dancing Flamingo Press 2022).

She’s also the Owner and Administrator of both (which is currently taking 2022 Members at and, as well as a long-time Travel Agent with (! She's been a Cybil's Judge in the Fiction Picture Books and Board Books category since 2016. Recently, she's been handed the ReFoReMo torch from Kirsti Call and Carrie Charley Brown, which will return under it's new name March On With Mentor Texts in March, 2022 ( You can join her at her weekly Tinker and Talk Book Chat here: Tinker and Talk Book Chat by The Picture Book Mechanic | Facebook

When she’s not searching for stories all over the globe, she lives on a lake in South Florida with her family, a Schipperke named Anakin and several resident water birds. Visit her at Lynne Marie is represented by Marisa Cleveland of



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