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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce is a meaningful but comical book about an alien who has come to Earth to find the ten things that are worth seeing there to save the whole planet from destruction. He is helped by Prez- a boy who is used to live with his grandad until the man was sent away and hs to go and live with another family at a farm. This book presents philosophical, emotional topics through a funny, entertaining story.
I found that this book is trying to present to our minds the idea that the universe does not belong to us alone and that we may not actually be as independent and that we are not the only ones who can control and change our lives. This is expressed through the idea that the aliens can come and destroy the planets they find useless, which suggests that we should not be arrogant in how we use our planet and that we should not think that everything belongs to us and that the human race is the dominant.
Prez is quiet, shy, obeys the rules and tries to be like a normal person. Sputnik, on the other hand, is boisterous, proud and likes to take risks and have fun. They are such different characters that it is funny how well they get on with each other and I find that this may be teaching us that we are all different and this does not stop us from learning from each other and being friends. Also, if you look at the list that the two friends composed, you will notice that most of them are everyday objects that we find absolutely normal and take for granted. We would think that the things on that list would include famous, beautiful, exotic places on the planet; natural wonders; and the major things that we find special and unusual. This is teaching us that even the little things can be important and beautiful in their own way. For example, you would probably have never thought that high-vis jackets are very special, however, they are on the list. Another important point of the book is that Sputnik always reads the instructions to what seem to be absolutely normal objects and makes them do extraordinary things. This suggests that we should pay more attention to the every-day objects and make new discoveries of what interesting things we can do with them. This also teaches us that we should think positively bout the boring things and try to make them better and be creative.
Prez’s grandad has problems with his memory and has to be sent away. At the end of the book, the secret chest, which the grandad kept locked, is opened and its contents are reveled. It is not treasure. Nor is it money or any kind of expensive objects. Its content is a collection of posted notes with all the memories and things to remember written on them. This carries a message that treasure and riches are not more important than memories, emotions and the treasures that are inside you. It shows that the grandad values hi memories and wants to go back to normal.
Prez and Sputnik are having a lot of fun when finding the things for the list. The y seem careless and enjoy being together even though they know the world can get destroyed. This teaches us that e should stay positive and not forget to have fun even in times of distress.

Posted on: 15th May 2017 at 07:48 pm

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