This was read 40 years ago, in America, from an elementary school library.

It is a children's story about astronauts discovering hostile living skeletons on the moon, possibly pirates. The astronauts kill the skeletons with air.

  • When did you read this?
    – Voronwé
    Jun 4 '17 at 1:36
  • Hello. This question is really, really … sparse. It doesn't look good, either. :-( It looks like the sort of thing you'd ask in a chatroom; here, questions and answers should have a certain level of refinement and format. Oh, and anyway, there's a list somewhere which tells you what information to include when you ask story-identification here. scifi.stackexchange.com/tags/story-identification/info Jun 4 '17 at 11:29
  • The only other specific I can remember from 40 years ago was that the book was in the library of Spalding Elementary School in Suffield, CT USA. After good luck with a previous question perhaps I got carried away
    – donutology
    Jun 5 '17 at 8:39
  • This is probably the same book as asked about here: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/116155/…
    – Buzz
    Dec 7 '17 at 14:16
  • It could be Bone People by Henry A. Bamman
    – Ayshe
    Jan 18 '19 at 8:54

There is little to go on here, but everything you have described sounds like Mighty Mouse and the Moon Men. The titular hero travels to the moon to investigate some kind of menace. He encounters a race of thin, almost skeletal aliens (rather creepy looking in the cartoon illustration). I think they are actually from the asteroid belt, just using the moon for a base. Eventually, Mighty Mouse defeats them with a gun that shoots air, which seems to "freeze" the vacuum-dwelling creatures.

Here is an illustration from the book (colorized and texturized by somebody else—the original was black and white) showing Mighty Mouse's first sighting of the moon men.

Mighty Mouse and the Moon Men

  • Bizarre. I don't think I ever saw that one. Did the description in the question simply trigger a recollection, or did you need to stew on that one for a while? Jun 5 '17 at 7:53
  • Sparse is right. Read this one in 1977 and it seemed at least ten years old then. According to Amazon Mighty Mouse book was published 1980, and I don't remember any mice. Skeletons were frightening.
    – donutology
    Jun 5 '17 at 8:48

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