- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition edition (February 9, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447237579
- ISBN-13: 978-1447237570
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 222 g
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth Paperback – Unabridged, 9 February 2017
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A touching children's book * Daily Telegraph * Will send your imagination into orbit! * Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books Blog * Sure to be a hit with young enquiring minds, this is a tale which is heart-breaking and hilarious in equal measure. * The School Librarian * This is an out-of-this world adventure that is also a heartening story about the importance of friendship and family. * The Week Junior * ...classic Cottrell Boyce: zany, lay-out-loud funny and with a very strong emotional heart. * INIS reading guide * whimsical, heart-wrenching and hilarious. * Scotsman * A wonderful and exciting story about friendship and appreciating what you have. * Independent * A touching tale . . . told with wild humour and panache * Telegraph * a spiky, effervescent treat, like Spielberg's ET put in a blender with a bottle of Irn-Bru. * The Financial Times * Wholly original and exceptionally funny * The Bookseller Book of the Month * Full of heart and emotion that might just bring a tear to your eye. If it doesn't though it's still got lightsabers and alien space dogs. * Tom Fletcher, Tom Fletcher Book Club * Light-hearted and profound * Sunday Times Book of the Week *
About the Author
Frank Cottrell-Boyce is an award-winning author and screenwriter. Millions, his debut children's novel, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal. He is also the author of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, Cosmic, Framed and The Astounding Broccoli Boy. His books have been shortlisted for a multitude of prizes, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children's Fiction Award (now the Costa Book Award) and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth was shortlisted for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal and selected for the inaugural W H Smith Tom Fletcher Book Club. Frank is a judge for the BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition and, along with Danny Boyle, devised the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics. He has written for the hit TV series Dr Who, and is the screenwriter for upcoming film, Goodbye Christopher Robin.
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(Note for more conservative readers: Talk of Sputnik with a gun and using it to steal groceries happen quite frequently in this book, although nobody else in the book can see the gun except Prez and Sputnik. Set in Scotland there is a handful of times that beer and rum are mentioned including Prez buying beer, underage, for criminals he accidentally got stuck with (Yes, lots of crazy things happen in this book!))
What a great find! He couldn't put it down, and finished it in just a couple of days. From what he's told me about it, it's funny and about aliens, but it also deals with a boy who encounters some pretty tough issues in his personal life. Although on the longer side, it didn't seem to be written in a way that was beyond the reach of a second grader. My son was so inspired that he actually wrote an unofficial book report for it--not for school, just because. It's the first more substantial book he's really enjoyed since the Wild Robot--if your kiddo liked that one, I'd check this one out as well.
UPDATE: I decided to read the book too, so we could talk about his book report. What a wonderful novel. It's laugh-out-loud funny but also poignant and at times sad, especially when you read it as an adult and understand better what the kids are going through. Very highly recommended.
Seems inappropriate for a children’s story, as well as unnecessary. If anything, these particular parts didn’t fit in the story well, were weird and uncalled for, and the book would’ve been better without.
The rest of the story was cute and fun, and funny.