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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

I really enjoyed this book. It has a good story well-told with Frank Cottrell Boyce's humour and a slice of space science on the side. Prez's silence and his grandfather's dementia are well written and developed. It isn't hard to understand that being the carer for his grandfather and being the 'Temporary' kid for the summer in a close knit farming family wouldn't have an impact on Prez. It is also believable that Sputnik is human to Prez and a dog to everyone else. Annabel is definitely an 'under-five' and her birthday party chaos reflects how theses parties can really feel, including the wacky lightsabre episode. Jessie is totally besotted with Sputnik in the way only a girl of her age would be, using money she had to fund the bus fares. Ray is older and a more serious budding farmer. I loved the way he taught Prez to collect the eggs. The Mum and Dad are so vague and busy on the farm that they are kept out of the way most of the time. The book is also full of adventures on the way to save the world.
I really enjoyed this book and am reading it to my grandson!

Posted on: 8th June 2017 at 12:20 pm

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