Mark Kelly is a retired astronaut and US Navy Captain. His picture
book Mousetronaut, illustrated by C.F. Payne was a #1 New
York Times bestseller. He flew his first of four missions in
2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he
commanded on its final flight in May 2011. In 2020 he will be
running to represent Arizona in the United States Senate.
C. F. Payne has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Mousetronaut by astronaut Mark Kelly; the Texas Bluebonnet winner Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, written by Phil Bildner; and the New York Times bestsellers The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, both by John Lithgow. He teaches at the Columbus College of Design, where he is the chair of the Illustration Department. Payne lives with his wife and children in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit him online at CFPayne.com.
"This little mouse may well inspire some big dreams." --
Kirkus * Kirkus *
"In this picture book based on the space shuttle Endeavor ...,Meteor is one of the smallest mice, but the most hardworking. ...The values of being small, useful, solving problems, and working hard-as opposed to being big and strong-will inspire young readers." -- School Library Jounral -- School Library Journal
"Inspired by this real-life mouse, Kelly's first children's book tells the story of Meteor, a lightly anthropomorphized rodent who turns his tininess into an advantage when an important key gets stuck in a crack between two monitors. ... textured images and vivid portraits that make it absolutely clear that space travel is a larger-than-life adventure. " -- Publishers Weekly * Publishers Weekly *
Here the mouse is headed in the opposite direction. This first children's book by Kelly, a retired astronaut and husband of former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, builds on his experience with real mice aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. Eighteen of them. In this winning story there are six, and as the smallest one, Meteor gets to perform his own special mission. After helping the astronauts out of a potential Apollo 13 calamity, Meteor is declared a hero-sure to please many fellow pipsqueaks back on Earth. -- The New York Times Book Reivew