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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Honestly, I did not like this book. The story was overly far-fetched; an alien dog is not too bad, but when he starts reading minds, eating caravan wheels, using remote controls to control people and flying, the extravagance has gone over the top. It is the story of a boy, Prez, who goes to stay with a farm family one summer whilst his grandfather is "sorted out". Sputnik (A dog to everybody but alien boy to Prez), shows up on the farm and, claiming he is from outern space, starts a series of adventures with Prez. Sputnik was meant to be an emphasisable character, but his actions often made me dislike him more than like him. The only character who I emphatised with was Jessie, one of the three children on the farm, because she wanted to stay with Sputnik but Sputnik always stayed with Prez. I do admire the authour's creativity in making such extravagant characters and plot. The 'meant-to-be-funny' moments did sometimes make me smile but I did not find it hilarious.I did not really find it very funny but I understand that it is aimed at younger kids. I would give it 4.5/10

Posted on: 1st May 2017 at 10:44 am

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