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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is and funny and enjoyable book. Every year the Blythes take in a kid from the Temporary. This year it's Prez's turn. The Blythes are a very noisy family, whereas Prez is very quiet. In fact, he never speaks. All Prez wants it to get back to this and his Granddad's flat in Traquir Gardens, but they were separated after a speed carrot-chopping incident. One eventful evening, Prez hears the doorbell. The thing is, the Blythes don't have a doorbell! When he answers the door, he is faced with a boy in a kilt, a too-long woolly jumper and flying goggles. He greets himself as Sputnik. Everyone else starts acting weird. Why are they throwing bits of meat into the air for him to catch and acting amazed when Sputnik does a hand-shake? Then Prez discovers a secret. To everyone else, Sputnik is a dog. A dog with a mission.

The book is hilarious as you follow Sputnik and Prez's adventures to save Earth from Planetary Clearance. They must find 10 things worth seeing on Earth, but Sputnik's list is a little different from Prez's.

The real meaning of the book is friendship. It doesn't matter what form your friends are, as long as you are together is what counts.

My favourite character is Sputnik, because of his crazy clothing combinations and his way of defying the laws of physics. His rules are also different to what we would think and what he thinks is worth seeing are funny e.g Hadrian's Wall doesn't go on the list but High-Visibility jackets do.

I would recommend this book for 8+ readers. It is very funny but quite slow at times. I would rate it 3.5/5 stars, because the ageing is more suited to younger people, but is still an enjoyable and quick read.

Posted on: 10th June 2017 at 11:54 am

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