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There's Nothing To Do On Mars

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    When Davey Martin's family moves to Mars, he discovers that there's nothing to do--at least until he and his robot dog Polaris learn to seize the spirit of adventure. It's not until they've zipped around the planet on his flying scooter--climbing Martian "trees," digging up "fossils," dancing in Martian rain dances--that they discover a treasure that finally piques Davey's interest--a source of water on the red planet!

  • Reviews

    "Dazzling illustrations…. Witty details abound."

    --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    "This book will be popular with young explorers who have dreamed of interstellar travel."

    --School Library Journal

    "Striking."

    --Publishers Weekly

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America The Beautiful

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    From his unique perspective as the great, great grandnephew of "America the Beautiful" writer, Katharine Lee Bates, Chris Gall transforms this beloved patriotic song into monumental works of art--from purple mountain majesties to gleaming alabaster cities. Honoring his ancestry and national pride, Gall pairs the beautiful lyrics with striking illustrations of notable American images such as Pike's Peak, the Tuskgee Airmen, and firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero.

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    "A striking treatment."

    --Booklist, starred review

    "Sophisticated…spirit-lifting."

    --Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "Impeccably detailed."

    --New York Times

    "Bold…. [An] uplifting debut."

    --Kirkus Reviews

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Dear Fish

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    Dear Fish is the story of a boy, a bottle, and an ocean full of fish--and what happens when they all meet one morning after a trip to the beach. Have you ever noticed a horrible smell coming from your bathtub? Has your lunch ever suddenly disappeared? Does your teacher leave the window open in your classroom? You are not alone! DEAR FISH is a slimy all-ages adventure.

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    "A gold mine...Gall's art will hook more than a few readers."

    --School Library Journal

    "This tongue-in-cheek outing will engage readers with a taste for the surreal."

    --Kirkus Reviews

    "The book, carefully crafted with no detail overlooked, promises a delightful session of reading together, whether for two at bedtime or in a classroom."

    --Children's Literature

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    • Indie Bound
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    • Books-a-million

About the author

Biography

Photograph of Chris Gall

Chris Gall has been drawing pictures for as long as he can remember. When he was caught doodling on his desk in second grade, his teacher suggested that he might become an artist some day, then made him clean all the desks in the classroom. In seventh grade, Chris won a Read Magazine Young Writers Award, and that inspired him to create stories to go with his art. After graduating from the University of Arizona, Chris became an award-winning, internationally recognized illustrator, and his artwork has been shown in almost every publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

In 2004, his first picture book, America the Beautiful, became a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year, and his career in children’s publishing began. Since then he has authored and illustrated six more books, including the acclaimed Dinotrux, a 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Children’s book; Revenge of the Dinotrux; Awesome Dawson; Substitute Creacher; Dear Fish; and There’s Nothing to Do on Mars.

Chris has also worked as an adjunct professor of art at the University of Arizona and spent four years as a professional stand-up comedian. He currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, where in his spare time he loves to restore classic cars and fly planes.

Events

August 29-31, 2014
Decatur Book Festival

News

DreamWorks bringing Dinotrux to Netflix!

The dinosaur series, based on Chris Gall's award-winning book series, will roll out in the spring of 2015. READ MORE

Parents Magazine names Dawson best enhanced e-book of the year

Thousands of kids' books were released this year, but librarians and kids agreed that these are the top of the stack. READ MORE

Awesome Dawson on Geekdad.com

If you’ve got a young budding inventor under your roof, you’re going to want to introduce him or her to Dawson. Dawson has been an inventor since birth, taking broken and discarded items and turning them into his own creations. READ MORE

Interactive Dinotrux book App now available through Storypanda