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Children's Fiction Astronauts & Space

Ella Says: I'm Going to be an Astronaut!

illustrated by Anu Misa

Anna Di Misa
Initial publish date
Mar 2020
Astronauts & Space, Space Exploration
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 4


This is the second book in the Ella Says adventure series telling a dreamy story about opportunities and an inquisitive girl named Ella who wants to travel through space one day.

Ella gazes up at the sky, thinking the UNIVERSE is such an immense and undiscovered place, bursting with stars, planets, galaxies and possibilities! As she looks, the most amazing thing happens, and it leads to a SPACE travel ADVENTURE through our solar system. Ella, her brother Parker, and her little dog Ollie come to the aid of Leelo, the space alien who is lost and whose spaceship has run out of power. Together, they help search for Leelo's home. In doing so, they visit all the PLANETS in our solar system and meet another alien and robot, too! Their ADVENTURE has some twists and turns along the way, but in the end, Leelo makes it home, and Ella makes a very important decision—she is going to be an ASTRONAUT and fly in a rocket one day!

  • A picture storybook that delivers an ENTERTAINING tale with stunning illustrations on every page.
  • FREEBIE surprises available on the author's website!
  • Great tool to INITIATE DISCUSSIONS about understanding the universe we live in, the importance of setting goals, and the need to be kind by helping others.
  • Great for young readers and as a bedtime story for younger children.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Anu D. Misa is an author and illustrator of children’s stories. Besides her love of writing, illustrating and reading, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and spending time with her family. Anu is also an avid traveller and has been to more countries than she can count on her fingers and toes! While she enjoys these adventures, she always appreciates coming back to her home in Toronto, Canada. Travelling gives her insights into family life around the world and provides the sparks that result in many of her stories! Interestingly, English was not Anu’s first language and as a child learning through picture storybooks was so important to her, it left a lifelong impression. Anu has come a long way from those early years learning to read, graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in Economics and working in the field for many years, while always making time for her creative passions. Now she delights in the challenge of writing and illustrating stories that captivate children and adults alike. You can visit Anu online at

Editorial Reviews

Ella Says: I'm Going to be an Astronaut! by Anu Misa (the second installment in the Ella Says series) is a colorful book where science meets imagination all wrapped in one adventurous tale! After learning about space in school, it's all Ella can seem to think about lately and she spends much of her time looking out the window and up, up, up at the stars, and feeling quite small compared to the vastness of it all. One evening, after Ella had just finished sharing some fun space facts with her brother Parker, an unforgettable adventure begins! When Ella, Parker, and their trusty sidekick, Ollie, meet a lost alien pal named Leelo, gutsy Ella knows just what she must do. Planet by planet, they must cruise the solar system and help Leelo make it back home safely. But will their mission work? And what will Ella ultimately learn about space, the galaxy, and herself?

Ella Says: I'm Going to be an Astronaut! by Anu Misa is the perfect combination of science and adventure. With 'out of this world' illustrations, tiny mice, and well-researched scientific references scattered throughout, Ella's story is an adorable and entertaining one. She's inquisitive, friendly, brave, and full of brilliant imagination. The colorful descriptions of each planet make learning about space super-fun and I absolutely loved the resource links in the back of the book to find out more. This is such a sweet tale and I really enjoyed reading it. It's most definitely a five-star read and anyone between 1 and 100 years old is sure to love it!

????? Reviewed by Kristy Vee for Readers' Favorite

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