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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

‘Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth’ is an extremely funny and enlightening book. It is a fantasy book for children, but also deals with the real-life issue of dementia.

It tells the story of a boy called Prez Mellows, who stays with a family with three children for the summer, as his Grandad couldn’t look after him anymore. One day, an alien from outer space called Sputnik, turns up on the doorstep and tells Prez that Planet Earth is going to be shrunk. Together, they embark on a mission to create a list of things that are spectacular about the world in which we live, to hopefully prevent it from being destroyed by other beings in the universe. However, all Prez really wants, is to be with his Grandad again.

My favourite character by far is Sputnik, the alien, because he is so lovable and unpredictive. He transforms everyday objects into super inventions, just because he ‘reads the instructions properly and everyone else doesn’t’! He turns concealer into an invisibility cream, a plastic lightsabre into an actual destructive one, and even teaches Prez to fly on gravitational waves!

This book is comical but also very thought-provoking. It makes us aware of the importance of family and that we should really appreciate the people who love us. I laughed a lot throughout reading this book and would recommend it for all children aged seven to twelve.

Posted on: 27th April 2017 at 01:31 pm

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