Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Book - 2017
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The Blythes are a big, warm, rambunctious family who live on a small farm and sometimes foster children. Now Prez has come to live with them. But, though he seems cheerful and helpful, he never says a word. Then one day Prez answers the door to someone claiming to be his relative. This small, loud stranger carries a backpack, walks with a swagger and goes by the name of Sputnik. As Prez dithers on the doorstep, Sputnik strolls right past him and introduces himself to everyone in the household. Prez is amazed at the response. The family pat Sputnik on the head, call him a good boy and drop food into his mouth. It seems they all think Sputnik is a dog. It's only Prez who thinks otherwise. But Prez soon finds himself having to defend the family from the chaos and danger unleashed by Sputnik, as household items come to life - like a TV remote that fast-forwards people: 'Anyone can do it, it's just that people don't read the instructions properly'; and a toy lightsaber that entertains guests at a children's party, until one of them is nearly decapitated by it -- and Prez is going to have to use his voice to explain himself.
Publisher: New York, NY : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062643629
Characteristics: 321 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Apr 09, 2019

Sputnik was an alien who appeared to most as a dog, but to the kid as a boy. He wanted the kid to help him save the earth from something, did a weird thing with a tree- turning it upside down to heal it from weapons fire, ... I lost interest halfway thru.

DPLjulie Nov 21, 2018

Another grand adventure by Frank Cottrell Boyce that's smart, empathetic, and hilarious. I couldn't put it down!

Apr 24, 2018

Heartwarming book with a great pace and lots of laughs! A gentle sci-fi story for kids with big hearts & imaginations. The chapters are quite short and there's lots of dialogue to keep readers of all levels interested. Highly recommended!

coloradobuck Jan 22, 2018

This book reminds me of a kid version of "the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy" and also a longer more serious version of "everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too." Cute story - love how dogs are seen as the "dominant" species on earth from an alien's perspective.

Ms_Gaye Sep 01, 2017

Laugh out loud funny, nonsensical, perceptive, and heartwarming. Grades 4-7


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Apr 24, 2018

celestetrottier thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

Feb 12, 2018

gjrainey thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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