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  • Sterling Publishing Rufus Blasts Off! - Hardcover

Rufus Blasts Off! - Hardcover

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Ashland author Kim Griswell's tale of Rufus the pig is Out-of-this-World-FUN in space! For ages 3 and up.

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“My name is Rufus Leroy Williams III. And I am ready to blast off."

Rufus the Pig has already sailed the seven seas on a pirate ship. Now he dreams of the Moon, the stars, and Mars! So he bids his mateys goodbye and reports for duty at the space center. But Commander Luna tells him: “No pigs in space!” Why? Because pigs pester the pilot, do loop-the-loops in the cabin, and always want to push buttons. Then Luna learns that she needs someone to read a book live from the Red Planet—or the mission is scrubbed. Will Rufus finally blast off? This third tale about the adventurous pig is sci-fi fantastic!

Publish Date September 2017, Sterling Publishing. 40 pages, 10.3" x 10.5" Ages 3 and up.

Kim T. Griswell lives in Ashland Oregon, and spends her days developing and editing children’s books. Kim spent six years as coordinating editor of Highlights for Children and three more years as a Senior Editor for Highlights’ trade book publisher, Boyds Mills Press. Kim has taught writing workshops all over the country, including for the Highlights Foundation. She has published hundreds of short stories, articles, and columns in magazines and books. Kim is the author of two previous picture books about our intrepid pink hero: Rufus Goes to School and Rufus Goes to Sea (both published by Sterling and both Oregon Book Awards finalists). Kim is available for interviews. Visit her at, and on twitter at @kimgriswell.
Valeri Gorbachev emigrated from his native Ukraine to the US in 1991, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has written and/or illustrated more than 50 children's books, including the first two Rufus stories, Rufus Goes to School and Rufus Goes to Sea (Sterling), as well as Turtle's Penguin Day and The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning (both Knopf).

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