Perfect Picture Book Friday! Planet Kindergarten: 100 Days In Orbit by Sue Ganz-Schmitt

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a good anti-bullying story.

planetkindergarten100Planet Kindergarten: 100 Days In Orbit
Written by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
Illustrated by Shane Prigmore
36 pages – ages 5+

Published by Chronicle Books on October 4, 2016

Theme/Topic- Teamwork/Helping others

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening:

Star Log: Day 100
Base camp is lively. I greet my crewmates and admire their work.

Synopsis from Publisher: “Star Log: Day 100. Base camp is lively. I greet my crewmates and admire their work. We have mastered many skills on our journey, but today brings a new milestone. There have been: 100 roll calls. 100 songs. 100 pledges. 100 challenging days full of exploration and triumph! Little ones will be over the moon as they celebrate school’s 100th Day with this clever, dynamically illustrated book, and eager to suit up for another daring adventure exploring and conquering Planet Kindergarten.”

What I Thought- This is a neat sequel to Planet Kindergarten (see my review HERE). I like how the way the kids are drawn creates mild confusion for the kids about whether they are human or alien.  One of the reasons I like this book is that while the text makes it seem like it is very much in outer space, but then the illustrations show plastic building bricks, a dodge ball, and other such Earthly things. The illustrations are fun to look at and have tons of details that add to the story.


It is a really nice combination that kids will like a lot. Ms. Ganz-Schmitt is onto a really good idea, as this series teaches about friendship and other great ideas for kids. This one teaches about teamwork, and helping others.

Activities and Resources- has a great list of activities for toddlers-elementary school kids that build teamwork HERE! This list is good for teachers or parties. has a nice post about teaching your kids to help others by showing them an example HERE! This post is better suited towards parents.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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17 replies

  1. I love it! I must get this book for a grandchild. With so many books that have aliens in them, kids won’t be surprised if some day they are a reality in our world.

  2. This sounds super clever and fun. I love the voice of the narrator!

  3. My father, an astrophysicist, and I have spent countless hours over the years wondering about aliens. Do they celebrate birthdays? What do they eat? So, after reading your review, I know I’m going to feel out of this galaxy happy to read it!

  4. The hundredth day of school is fun no matter what planet you’re on.

    Love and licks,

  5. I really like the very graphic yet not stiff scheme of the illustrations!

  6. Interesting premise. I need to find this one. Thanks.

  7. This sure is a fun, lively story and the cover very kid friendly. Thanks Erik for another great find.

  8. I agree ther author has a great series. I am hoping next September will bring about the first day of first grade, maybe on planet Eductoric.

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