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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

This story is a great read but I would say that the audience for the book would be a bit younger than I am (11) as it has very short pages and includes illustrations. I did, however really like this book because it is very funny and often quite silly. The story follows a young orphaned boy named Prez who used to live with his grandpa until he was taken away. Prez then goes to a ‘temporary’ where he lives in winter and gets sent to live with nearby families in summer. Then, one day, a small boy (or so it seems) turns up at the door. This boy is Sputnik, an alien dog who only Prez sees as human; Sputnik informs him that unless he can find 10 interesting things exclusive to earth it will be shrunk. The story unfolds from there and Prez is taken on many adventures including my favourite part of the story. When Sputnik sees Hadrian’s Wall, he thinks that it is a poor excuse for a wall and fixes it, blocking off a major road before weeing all across the wall! So, all in all, it is a great read for children of the age of 8-10 but may be a little childish for older readers.

Posted on: 15th June 2017 at 08:26 pm

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