Published by Dial Books
Summary: The narrator has arrived on Mars, where he is looking for signs of life. By the third page, a giant creature has peeked out of his hole, but the young astronaut never sees it. He bemoans Mars’s bleak landscape, while the beast follows close behind. He leaves behind a chocolate cupcake in a box that he brought to offer any living beings he might find. Thinking he has lost his spaceship, he climbs a mountain (the creature’s head) to get a better view. Right before boarding, he finds the cupcake box he had discarded. When he decides to have a treat on the way home, he discovers the cupcake has mysteriously disappeared. 32 pages; ages 3-8.
Pros: This would be great to pair with Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, as both have visual clues that allow the reader to know more than the characters in the story. The story is simple, but the illustrations will have kids laughing.
Cons: The creature seems lonely.