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Amelia, St Helen and St Katharine

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Sputnik's guide to life on Earth is a brilliantly humorous and witty book; cleverly combining si-fi and animal tales into an incredible children's story. I would recommend it to anyone between 7 and 12 who wants to just relax with a good- but not overly complex -book.

Set in and around Dumfries with a whole host of unique and entertaining characters (human and other), Sputnik's guide to life on Earth is an unmissable adventure. The book is about a boy called Prez Mellows and an ... alien ... called Sputnik. Prez lives in temporary accommodation since his Grandpa gets confused and believes that he's back on his ship. So Prez has to go to and stay with families and it's on one of those stays that he meets Sputnik. And chaos ensues...

When Sputnik gives a five year old a deadly super-weapon and teaches Prez to surf on gravity things start to go pear-shaped. But things REALLY start to wrong when Sputnik breaks it to Prez that his planet will get shrunk to the size of a melon unless they can make a list of the ten BEST things on Earth. BUT. . .

•Architecture doesn't count;

•neither does anything you can find anywhere else in the universe;

•and count out anything Sputnik doesn't approve of.

Not only that, everyone behaves very oddly around Sputnik. As though he doesn't appear human to them...

My only criticism of Sputnik's guide to life on Earth is that it is aimed at younger children and when I read a 7 year old a chapter they got confused. Apart from that it's a great read. I hope that you found this review helpful to your decision on whether or not to read Sputnik's guide to life on Earth. Thank you.

Posted on: 24th April 2017 at 09:47 am

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