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Bethan, John Mason School - Abingdon

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Prez is staying over at the Blythes’ for the summer for temporary accommodation because his parents are gone and his grandad is locked up. They live on a farm and have Prez help with collecting eggs from chickens and milking the cows. One day, during dinner, Prez hears a doorbell ring, which would have been normal if the Blythes’ had a doorbell. He goes to open the door and is amazed to see a boy, around his age, standing there.
This is Sputnik. He has travelled through space to get Prez’s help so that they can save the planet and stop it from being shrunk to make room for other planets.
Sputnik looks like a dog to everyone except Prez. Together, they: cause havoc at a birthday party; stop a robbery; used reverse dynamite to put back together Hadrian’s Wall; release an institute full of young offenders; break into a flat, and much more. Sputnik makes the impossible possible, just by “reading the instructions”.
Sputnik also helps Prez find his grandad and also to work out his past.
I think the book would have been interesting for a 7 or 8 year old but not for a teenager, like me, because it has simple vocabulary and it wasn’t too descriptive. However, this did make it dull and childish for me, so I didn’t enjoy it as much as someone of a younger audience would have.
Because of this, I will give it a 5 out of 10.

Posted on: 18th April 2017 at 10:33 am

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