Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski wants to launch his golden iPod into space, just like his hero Carl Sagan launched his Golden Record on a spacecraft in the 1970s. Alex spray paints his iPod gold and starts capturing the sounds of life, so that extraterrestrials will know what life is like on earth. Told entirely through Alex’s iPod recordings, we listen as he sets off to launch the golden iPod in a homemade rocket with his dog (also named Carl Sagan), and the hilarious and heartbreaking trip that follows. Mr. Cheng’s incredible storytelling reaffirmed my belief that creativity is still very much alive in children’s literature.
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