Posted: Thursday 4th July 2019
We have been busily buying new Children’s Fiction books ready for Space Chase
. Look out for:
Intergalactic cooperation is the order of the day in The Space Race by Jenny Jinks and in Ben’s Rocket by Anne Cassidy, Ben is keen to get into space – can his dad help? There’s also a beginning to read version of Aliens love underpants by Claire Freedman in the
Ready to Read series from Simon & Schuster.
Short Chapter Books
The latest instalment in Tracey Corduroy’s Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam series, The Aliens are coming, fits the bill perfectly – not only are the three slapstick adventures set in the summer, one contains an alien invasion. And if you are looking for a football tie-in, Meteor Madness by Frank Lampard involves a space-based footie match against aliens. For action nearer to home, try Aliens! by David Roberts, which sees Dirty Bertie encountering aliens in his school playground. And to tie-in with the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, we like Space Dog! by Hilary Robinson in which Charlie Tanner and his dog, Jasper, are keen to find out about space and the first moon landings.
In a futuristic world, Lyla is dealing with many of the same problems that today’s children experience, in A Moon girl stole my friend (Rebecca Patterson). Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce and The many worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge also offer readers some thought-provoking material wrapped up in an engaging plot. Tom McLaughlin introduces his readers to a grumpy brain-munching alien named Alan in The day that aliens nearly ate our brains. Bumpfizzle (Bumpfizzle: the best on planet Earth – Patricia Forde) is an alien, too. Or is he a disgruntled 10-year old boy? You decide.
For space-based picture books for older readers, you can’t do much better than Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob) by Simon Bartram, although Space Justice!By Trey King might be good for Lego DC fans. For young readers wanting a crazy dinosaurs/space/adventure combo, have a look at the Astrosaurs titles by Steve Cole. And if it’s aliens disguised as school staff you’re after, try My gym teacher is an alien overlord by David Solomons. And last but not least, why not try Letter to Pluto and Turns out I’m an alien by local author Lou Treleaven.