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Lucy, St Helen and St Katharine

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Sputnik’s guide to life on earth is about a small boy named Prez and a genius alien named Sputnik. When Prez’s grandfather is sent away, Prez is sent to a temporary home for the summer holidays. To Prez, this seems like it’s going to be the most boring summer of his life. Until Sputnik shows up on his doorstep and announces that the world is going to be destroyed. Unless Prez can show him ten things worth seeing or doing on earth…
Sputnik is an interesting character, as he always seems to have an answer for everything. He shows Prez that there are a million and one different ways of using different objects in different ways. For example, using a backpack as a surfboard, or using a television as a two way communication device.
On the other hand, Prez is a rather shy character who lives with his grandfather in a flat. His grandfather is very forgetful, so he always has to remind him who he is. As he seems to think that he is on a ship in the middle of the ocean, and Prez is his shipmate. When he is taken away for ‘accidently’ breaking into another person’s house, Prez makes it his mission to go and ‘rescue’ him…
I found that the start of the book was a little confusing as it moved on quite quickly to get you to the temporary home, but once you get there, it’s very informative and shows you the building friendship between Prez, Sputnik, and the family that looked after Prez for the summer.
My rating for this book would probably be 8/10 because at the start, it moves very quickly. But it was very funny and overall I really enjoyed reading it.
I would recommend this book to people who like reading books such as The Amazing Broccoli Boy (also by Frank Cottrell-Boyce) and The Kane Chronicles (Rick Riordan)

Posted on: 24th April 2017 at 09:38 am

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