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Giffords' husband to publish children's book

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is writing a children's book about a mouse who goes to space.

"Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story" is set for publication in October.

The book will tell the story of a mouse chosen to take part in a space mission, according to a Monday statement from Simon & Schuster.

"While in space, the astronauts are busy with their mission when only the smallest member of the crew can save the day," the book publisher said.

Kelly worked with Giffords and ghost writer Jeffrey Zaslow on the couple's joint memoir, "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope," which was released in November. Zaslow was killed ina car accident Feb. 10.

"Gabby" is set for paperback release on May 1.

Kelly's children's book will be illustrated by C.F. Payne, who has worked on books by Steve Martin and John Lithgow.

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Feb 20, 2012, 7:40 pm
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Especially judging by the published photo, that is not someone I would let around kids. He makes me think of an ice cream man that invites kids into the truck with him. Just sayin’

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Giffords and Kelly at a Jan. 8, 2012, vigil to remember victims of the shooting rampage the year before,.