William, Book Chasers
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth, written by Sir Frank Cottrell Boyce, is a book about a shy boy called Prez, who rarely speaks, and is living in Temporary Accommodation, being moved around from house to house. In our story, Prez is currently living on a farm where you must fight “to get a word in”, which is fine with Prez. But when they are all gathered at the table eating, with the usual racket ensuing, Prez seems to be the only one to hear the doorbell ring. So, he goes to answer the door and is greeted by a small, strange-looking boy with goggles and a rather large backpack.
When Prez lets him into the house, he wonders why everyone is amazed when the weird boy, (first introduced as “Mellows”, but later claiming the name “Sputnik”), shakes their hands, and is confused as to why nobody can hear him talking. I don’t want to expose the true storyline in case you plan to read this book, but my one criticism of this book is how obvious the twist is. It is displayed in plain sight on some pages, and I feel it should (if possible) be made less obvious by using clever wordplay or clues that are aimed at an older audience.
I think this book is good for a boy or girl of an age between 6 and 9 or 10. I would rate this book a 7/10, but others (obviously) may rate it differently.
Posted on: 3rd April 2017 at 08:47 pm
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