July book club

Cakes in Space

By Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

This is the story of Astra, a little girl travelling with her family to a new planet, Nova Mundi.  Nova Mundi is 199 years from earth,  so Astra’s family will be put into a frozen sleep for the journey.  Before sleep Astra wanders round the ship, meeting Pilbeam the robot and asking the Nom-o-tron 9000 (a cooking machine) for the ultimate cake, a dangerously delicious cake…

The cake isn’t ready before Astra has to sleep for the long journey, so the machine is left working on it. Uh-oh we say as readers.

And we are right to be worried as Astra wakes early to find that dangerously delicious cakes can be downright dangerous…

Cakes in SpaceThis book is quite wordy, so beyond the ability and attention span of our wee dotes, but I’d say an able reader around 9 upwards would cope nicely with the mix of adventure and jeopardy.

The black and white illustrations add so much to this story, from the killer cupcakes to the Nameless Horror (one of several aliens Astra encounters), the pictures will keep the little ones interested and involved.

 On a personal level, I’d have been happy if this was more of a picture book.  At times it seemed over wordy, Astra’s knowledge of earth went beyond what I’d expect of a girl her age…but then it may be a  little silly looking for logic in a book about fairy cakes with fangs!  I’m sure that our lil’ cupcake eaters will thoroughly enjoy this particular adventure.

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