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Eliana, Chobham Academy Book Group

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

When I started this book I thought it was going to be one of those really boring books that have the age suggestion of 7+, although it wasn’t quite that age suggestion I definitely would recommend it for people younger than myself (12) and probably for 8-11 year olds. As I have said, although this book exceeded my expectations I do not think that it has enough to win the Carnegie award.
This book was about a boy called Prez who comes to visit for summer but he is not the only visitor; someone out of this world also comes and visits, helping Prez figure out his life and keep him trouble… we’ll see about that!
This book didn’t make me feel any sympathy or emotions towards the characters. I didn’t feel at all sorry for Prez, but instead, just chuckling about the antics that they got up to.
The book was also supposed to be about the world “ending” and again I wasn’t at all scared about the world ending and I didn’t feel any tension towards the end (in which it’s supposed to be scary).
I just generally feel that this was a book that was a book and nothing else. It was like a Year 4 had written it and the teacher had taken all of the adjectives and words that would make you attached to the characters or scared etc…out of the book and just left the plot, some dialogue and the names of the characters. However I did find myself chuckling at some points in the book at the crazy goings-on (Clue: Tree and lightsabre) and it was written by a very talented author. Frank has a VERY vivid imagination and I definitely wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere near the crazy level that the ideas in this book have.
Overall I would rate it a solid 7.5 out of 10 and I would recommend it to 8-12 year olds (all the other year olds that enjoy thinking outside the box and LOTS of completely nuts ideas as well!!!)

Posted on: 5th June 2017 at 09:19 am

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