Right, Right, Meteorite!

Children - Educational
36 Pages
Reviewed on 04/04/2020
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Author Biography

Roger C. Muren has been a scientist, farmer, executive and coach. He has traveled around the world helping other scientists and farmers better understand biology to improve food quality. His stories and illustrations are inspired by the natural history he has encountered during forty years of travel, and the telling of these stories to his four inquisitive children and five grandchildren. He and his wife live in The South Puget Sound, Washington.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite

Right, Right, Meteorite! by Roger C. Muren is a children’s book about the true story of the Willamette Meteorite. It was the largest meteorite ever found in North America. The story starts off with a meteorite soaring through the sky and crashing down to Earth. Elly Hughes discovers it and, thinking he can make a profit, he decides to drag it all the way onto his property so he can claim it. It takes him three months! When he finally has it on his land, he opens it up for business. That is until what he did is discovered, and it becomes such a big deal that they go to court to determine the true owner of the meteorite.

I have to say, I was intrigued after reading what this book was about. I didn’t know anything about this event, so I just had to read it. Not only was it a fascinating story, but the poetry-like verses with rhymes and the beautiful yet humorous illustrations just made this book so likable. It is easy to read, and children will love the way the story is told. I’m an adult, and I did! I also just loved the illustrations. These resemble simple pencil drawings, but that’s what’s so great about it. It would almost be odd if there were colors. And the story was just captivating. After reading it, I had to do my own research about the true story it is based on, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning all about this historically important but also silly story. I do want to thank Roger C. Muren for writing this book. Right, Right, Meteorite! will both educate and entertain kids, and even adults.

Bruce Arrington

Right, Right, Meteorite! by Roger C. Muren is an illustrated 36-page children’s book, written in a rhyming format. It is about a man named Elly who discovers a meteorite while hunting for gold on a property that does not belong to him. He decides to take the meteorite home, and that’s when the controversy begins. After opening up a new business whereby folks could come and take a look at the meteorite (for a price), the owners of the property he took it from pose a challenge. The artwork is in pencil, and offers a nice amount of detail, adding to the drama and humor. I particularly enjoyed the oversized heads used for emphasis.

The story touches on a few different things: first, the wonder and beauty of our universe, and what the journey of a meteorite from space truly is like. It provides a scientific perspective of an event that takes place over a long time. Second, it brings up Elly’s greed. While he should have contacted the landowners directly, instead he stole their property and later paid for it, both in money and his reputation. Third, it brings up how silly people can be in thinking that they are the superior species of the universe. It took a woman to set them straight and open their eyes to the sheer wonder in front of their eyes. Right, Right, Meteorite! by Roger C. Muren is a story that kids and adults will enjoy, learn from, and maybe even experience a few chuckles. Overall, a good job. It was a truly entertaining story!

Erin Nicole Cochran

Right, Right, Meteorite! written and illustrated by Roger C. Muren, with cover design by Nancy LaBerge, is a children’s book that centers around the discovery of a meteorite and the journey it takes from one man’s hand to the next. Where will it ultimately land? You’ll have to read for yourself. The narration of Right, Right, Meteorite! is one of intelligence with a steady beating rhyme throughout the thirty-six pages. The illustrations are reminiscent of a bygone age, specifically reminding me of end-grain woodblock engraving that would be found in newspapers in the late 1800s. Given the illustrations themselves do feel around that time, based on the clothing worn, it feels even more connected through the artistic renderings.

Roger C. Muren’s, Right, Right, Meteorite! made me feel like I was learning without being preached to or talked down to, as some children’s books can feel at times. This felt wonderfully smart, from the language to the unique black illustrations on white background. Right, Right, Meteorite! will crash right into your heart and steal a bit of it away with the journey that it takes you on. The message that it holds for you at the end is one that doesn’t get said enough. I feel that these modern times in which we find ourselves require it to be said much more than ever before. Roger C. Muren’s Right, Right, Meteorite! will be a valuable addition to any children’s book collection as well as to any grade school’s library.

Patricia Reding

Right, Right, Meteorite! by author and illustrator Robert C. Muren offers an interesting historical story, along with great illustrations. The story actually began millions of years ago, when a “whirling pice of stardust” skipped through space on its way to earth, where it crash-landed. It was then transported by ice-age glaciers to a new resting place. But the crux of Muren’s story doesn’t begin for another 10,000 years, when on a rainy spring morning, an old crony, Elly, and his buddy, stumbled upon the partially buried meteor while hunting for gold. Concluding the meteorite must be valuable, Elly set out to find a way to move it so that it would be within his property line. After three months of digging and pulling (with the help of his horse, of course), Elly finally manages to get the meteor to his property. Once done, he charges admission to see it. All goes well until the foreman from the local mining company shows up and accuses Elly of having taken the item from the mine’s property. After much ado, with the entire community, the courts, and even little old Mrs. Dodge getting involved, the meteor is finally delivered to its final resting place.

Right, Right, Meteorite! shows how the importance of some things goes beyond a single person’s interest. Old crony Elly wanted the meteor, as did the mine, but in the end, Mrs. Dodge offered critical funds that made it possible for the larger community to enjoy and learn about the meteor. Author Robert C. Muren offers children a lesson here about the public interest. Also, with Mrs. Dodge’s offer to buy the item and to put it in a permanent public place, Muren teaches children about the principle of giving, of charity, and of philanthropy. Many great things today are enjoyed because of the philanthropic actions of those, like Mrs. Dodge, who came before. This lesson could engender in today’s children a desire to help others while also encouraging in them a sense of appreciation for those who do help others.

Jessica Barbosa

Right, Right, Meteorite! is a story written and illustrated by Roger C. Muren. A long time ago, a whirling piece of stardust soared into the unknown and then crashed into the earth. Old Elly and his buddy stumbled across it and discovered it was a meteorite. Old crony Elly knew he had found a money-making opportunity, so he took the special rock back with him and built a hut to display this remarkable space treasure. People lined up to see the amazing space rock just like old Elly planned. However, he did not have it easy for long. The ownership of the found meteorite was called into question. Did it belong to the one who found it or to the person who owned the land where it crashed? Greedy men argued amongst themselves. Who can own a rock that came from space? Let’s find out.

Roger C. Muren’s Right, Right, Meteorite! is a well-intended, educational, and interesting depiction of the Willamette Meteorite's history. It showcased and described the history of the largest meteorite found in North America. It is written in a simple and fascinating manner and the book held my attention right until the short story ended. I was impressed with how Muren effortlessly turned an important part of history into a tale that could easily be understood and loved by children. The author has definitely given an interesting and unforgettable rendition of the way greedy men fought over the ownership of a rock that came from outer space. I also appreciate the effort it took to make everything rhyme; it added to the overall appeal of the story. The illustrations also suit the entire story very well. These complemented the tone and pacing of the book. The illustrations made the book even more likely to entertain and attract any reader. I feel I have gained knowledge and appreciation in learning such an interesting piece of history regarding the Willamette Meteorite.