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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

This book is a little misleading in that the cover is quite childish, and actually one of the reviews on the back of the book says, "Comedy gold for seven-plus readers", of which it is neither. However, this a very good read and I like the hidden morals: always make lists, and always read the manual. These are cleverly woven inside the rather simple storyline, but it unravels slightly at the end, where Prez and Sputnik are going back and forth between the Temporary and dog pound respectively, and Sputnik suddenly decides that he has given up on Earth, then changes his mind and rescues Prez and Grandpa from the tide. Despite this not being very well thought out, I enjoyed Sputnik's superpowers, and the way it all revolves around Laika, the dog that real-life people sent into space, is very interesting. The 10th thing on the list is best left to interpretation, too, and the very last page explains everything well and in a satisfying way without being a fairytale ending. Finally, the theory of the reverse-dynamite is fascinating, and I like how Sputnik is always disguised as a dog, both on the cover and to most of the characters, because it makes Prez and Grandpa seem very special in that they can see Sputnik for what he really is.

Posted on: 22nd April 2017 at 03:09 pm

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