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The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole By Michelle Cuevas,

  • Title: The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole
  • Author: Michelle Cuevas
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A girl s friendship with a lonely black hole leads her to face her own sadness.When eleven year old Stella Rodriguez shows up at NASA to request that her recording be included in Carl Sagan s Golden Record, something unexpected happens A black hole follows her home, and sets out to live in her house as a pet The black hole swallows everything he touches, which is challenA girl s friendship with a lonely black hole leads her to face her own sadness.When eleven year old Stella Rodriguez shows up at NASA to request that her recording be included in Carl Sagan s Golden Record, something unexpected happens A black hole follows her home, and sets out to live in her house as a pet The black hole swallows everything he touches, which is challenging to say the least but also turns out to be a convenient way to get rid of those items that Stella doesn t want around Soon the ugly sweaters her aunt has made for her all disappear within the black hole, as does the smelly class hamster she s taking care of, and most important, all the reminders of her dead father that are just too painful to have around.It s not until Stella, her younger brother, Cosmo, the family puppy, and even the bathroom tub all get swallowed up by the black hole that Stella comes to realize she has been letting her own grief consume her And that s not the only thing she realizes as she attempts to get back home.
    The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole A girl s friendship with a lonely black hole leads her to face her own sadness When eleven year old Stella Rodriguez shows up at NASA to request that her recording be included in Carl Sagan s Golden R

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    1. A sweet, humorous tale of grief, family learning how to begin moving forward About a year ago, Stella lost her father up until this point, has refused to talk about it She hates when her little brother Cosmo brings him up they are not supposed to talk about him She decides to give a recording of her father s laugh to be included in Carl Sagan s Golden Record because she doesn t want to have the painful reminder any Only, when she comes back from NASA, she finds that a black hole has followed her [...]

    2. One of the funniest, most creative MG books I ve read, but it s also got a heart made of the sad darkness of loss Told in second person, Stella Rodriguez addresses her father who s passed away and from the very first paragraph, her dazzling prose drew me in Plus, space and science A great pairing with The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price by Jen Maschari.

    3. As always, Michelle Cuevas left me a blubbering puddle of sobs on the train and the bus I love, love, love her heart wrenching, redemptive words.

    4. The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole is about a girl who unexpectedly finds a black hole while on her way home from NASA, and decides to keep it for a pet But Stella has also recently lost her father, and her pet black hole becomes something oh so much The metaphor of grief as a black hole is such a simple, yet profound comparison It both helps children understand an abstract concept, and gives those in the throes of grief something tangible to hold on to A bonus Stella is FUNNY I loved her [...]

    5. Such a unique book about dealing with grief and loss The story is told in the 2nd person Point of view as Stella speaks directly to her father, who recently passed away The story never mentioned explicitly what happened to Stella s dad, but instead focuses on the after A black hole shows up one day and Stella uses it to rid her life of everything that she doesn t like, that makes her uncomfortable, or that makes her think about her dad When she and her brother get swallowed by Larry, Stella must [...]

    6. What do you do when you have a student in your class who eats, sleeps and BREATHES all things space Well, if you are lucky to come across a book review about a girl your students age who is also crazy about all things space you order it pronto The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole is a quick, quirky read with an unusual mix of levity and depth that both surprised me and kept me turning the pages from the first to the last in one sitting The whimsical art sprinkled throughout added another lay [...]

    7. I picked up an ARC of this book when I was at ALA My 5 and a half year old wanted to read it when he saw it, and so we just finished it this week He gave it an enthusiastic five stars, and I would tend to agree with him I really enjoyed this book, it combines serious and silly, both taking seriously the loss of a parent, while keeping it tonally appropriate for younger kids I would consider it excellent read for children who have lost parents, or for children who have friends who might have, all [...]

    8. Larry, the pet black hole is named after his singularity or gravitational center and is eating his feelings Anything he touches gets absorbed into his core and he wants to snuggle with soft, furry things the most There goes Stinky Stu, the classroom hamster and later The Dog With No Name.Our protagonist, Stella, launches an expedition to recover their puppy and her brother Cosmos is inadvertently sucked in with her As they plumb the depths of the black hole that is Larry, they renew their relati [...]

    9. This is one of those few delightful children s books that manages to, through the magic of excellent writing, portray a child character who is astute, yet not pretentious, witty, yet not bratty, introspective, yet not whiny, and gets involved in a storyline that is silly, fun, and ridiculous, AND serious, sad, and thought provoking all at once In short, this thin volume has everything either a child or an adult could possibly want in a great book I m a fan for life, Michelle Cuevas PS Highly rec [...]

    10. Wonderfully imaginative Even though there is much sadness, there is also a lot of humor A modern take on Alice in Wonderland You will fall in lover with the characters.

    11. Interesting story about grief, family, and getting back to the task of living.Stella is a realistic character even if the black hole that follows her home may not be She is consumed by grief and it isn t until her brother and dog are consumed as well that she starts to climb back out.Would make a good read aloud and would also be good for students who may not know they are grieving.

    12. This book was filled with humor, puns, a girl who wants to work for NASA, and a brother who loves his bath toy.This story is a metaphor for grief that is written in such an engaging way, the reader will be too busy enjoying the adventure to realize how much they re learning along the way I d recommend this book to anyone who has lived with a black hole in their lives, as it teaches that grieving doesn t have to be done alone I believe this book would be especially helpful to middle grade childre [...]

    13. I read this in one sitting Stella s voice pulled me right in So much creativity, humor, and pathos rolled into one well written, interesting book Loved the constellations like Ice Cream Conius and Jar of Fireflies the gnome names like Zoomwinkle and Pimpert Stella s realizations like I could see that Mrs Nimbus wasn t just crazy, but that she was sad the black pages when she jumps into the black hole the Brussels sprouts the river of words so much good stuff p 80 A person can t just be the good [...]

    14. Cute, but so woefully wrong scientifically that it s difficult to recommend I got the analogy and that this wasn t a real black hole but still

    15. Trying to add a recording in Carl Sagan s Golden Record, eleven year old Stella Rodriguez visits NASA, and comes home with an unexpected pet black hole named Larry because of his singularity or gravitational center Larry longs to snuggle with soft and furry things, but everything he swallows everything he touches At first, it s an easy way for Stella to get rid of items she doesn t want around any Yet when their dog, The Dog With No Name, Stella ventures into the black hole herself to rescue him [...]

    16. ARC copy.In nutshell I d describe it as a.absurd weird, middle grade fiction with humor and good stuff styling DUDE It revolves around taking care of a pet blackhole yes not kidding and the hijinks that comes with it, including getting sucked into it Guide included.

    17. I m trying to read middle grade and children s fiction this year I ve been working as a children s librarian, which is amazing, but I ve realized that I m really not with it any Kids come in asking for suggestions and it takes me a good twenty minutes to pinpoint a book in their reading level that fits their description I know it s partly because kids can be picky and weirdly specific, and because programs like Accelerated Reader are slowly prying all the magic and discovery out of reading by p [...]

    18. Il fantastico viaggio di Stella uno di quei libri per ragazzi che incantano e fanno riflettere anche i lettori meno giovani Si, proprio uno di quei libri che non puoi fare a meno di custodire in libreria e rileggere nel tempo Adoro i libri per ragazzi, oramai lo sapete, perch mi fanno respirare purezza e genuinit E questo non fa eccezione Questa storia ha inizio un pomeriggio dello stesso colore delle comete, con una bambina vestita tutta di nero Una bambina triste Una bambina con un buco nel cu [...]

    19. I saw this novel at my local library recalled that it was on my TBR long list From what remembered from a short review, it sounded like a fun novel.The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole is about Stella, an 11 year old girl, and her family pre Voyager era in the 70s Her father died within the past year she is still reeling in her grief and loneliness Since her father s death, Stella has become disconnected with her mother quirky young brother Her difficulty in connecting with her peers has be [...]

    20. I like that this is an absurdist tall story starring a female character, as these types of stories are part of a long male tradition I think a younger audience would get out of the humour than I did I found the one liners clever but not funny Overall, the tall story fantasy didn t serve as adequate vehicle for the theme It is really hard to jump from that kind of wackiness to resonance The wacky scenes are juxtaposed awkwardly against paragraphs in which the deeper ideas are spelt out for us Be [...]

    21. This is a sweet and moving little story about a young girl named Stella who is struggling with among other things, being unable to fit in and most importantly the death of her father One day she comes home to discover a black hole cowering in the corner of her room She proceeds to do what any rational person would do, and train it You see taking care of black holes as pets is fraught without potential peril If you re too lenient with it it will eat anything around it, up to and including 47 gard [...]

    22. This book was so incredibly charming I mean, I knew it was going to be great based on the name but I wasn t expecting it to also be deep and have a very important message for kids.In the aftermath of her father s death, Stella is followed home from NASA by a blackhole that she quickly names and decides to keep as a pet But as she begins to feed her memories of her father to it, those memories begin to disappear as if they had never happened.This book took me on a crazy adventure that I wasn t ex [...]

    23. The premise of the book a girl losing her father and ending up with a black hole in her life was relate able for me My dad passed away this year and I felt a whole new level of pain just as she had Her brother being named Cosmo was yet another coincidence Our dog s name was Cosmo, though he died a couple years back The simplicity of the writing and the concept, make me feel it was rightly geared towards a younger crowd Nonetheless, I found it to be an enjoyable read I dare say that a younger per [...]

    24. In this imaginative, funny, poignant and absorbing novel by Michelle Cuevas, an 11 year old named Stella Rodriguez shows up at NASA to meet Carl Sagan A black hole follows her home, and she adopts it as a pet, naming it Larry She quickly sees the advantages of a pet black hole that can swallow the things that bother her, including reminders of her dead father that are just too painful to keep around But when Larry accidentally consumes the family s dog and her five year old brother , Stella must [...]

    25. Michelle Cuevas has written a highly readable book that uses a science fiction tale about a girl who accidentally brings a tiny black hole home from NASA with a message on dealing with the holes left behind when a family member dies She has a light touch and there is a lot of humor in this book, but there is also wise advice on dealing with the feelings a child may feel when a parent dies Stella s black hole has eyes that reflect galaxies, and it follows her around, but anything that gets too cl [...]

    26. Black holes are complex, beautiful creatures They can take you to places inside and outside yourself that you never realized you needed to go.Stella Rodriguez thought the thing hiding in a box by the curb was a cat Or maybe a dog Hopefully not a skunk But she was startled to find a small black hole It must have followed her home from her visit to NASA, and it wants to be her pet.But taking care of a black hole is a frustrating experience Not to mention all the shoes and hamsters it eats When the [...]

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