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SPACEBOY: The epic and funny new children’s book from multi-million bestselling author David Walliams

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During a Welcome-to-Planet-Earth film made by the military, Yuri jumps at the image of a cat on the screen.

I loved getting to read about the space race and have a different kind of supporting cast such as the sheriff and the President of the United States. The story itself was both fun and wacky as well as being educational as it was based on real events. Best-known for his novels for children including Mr Stink, Billionaire Boy and Awful Auntie, Walliams has also written a number of picture books including The Slightly Annoying Elephant, working with two of Britain’s most talented illustrators, Quentin Blake and Tony Ross. It introduces us to a daredevil girl who is a science nerd and not afraid to stand up for herself or her friends.

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We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Aunt Dorothy makes Ruth work from dawn till dusk on her failing Ostrich farm, and also makes her share the minimal food she does get with her only friend - her dog Yuri. I also loved all the illustrations because they helped bring the story to life, especially the ones at the end.We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. This really sounds like the movie "Chicken Run": damsel in distress, "flying" boy who to the rescue -but is he really flying? Ruth’s world is turned upside down when a flying saucer crash lands on the farm, and she meets Spaceboy, the mysterious occupant of the exotic vessel. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. There is a silliness to it but also a depth as both Ruth and Spaceboy have a parent-guardian who abuses them verbally on a daily bases.

I haven't particularly recommended a Walliams book before due to the questionable characters and themes but I would say this one is worth a read!As to the end of it, that gives rise to a galaxy of speculation but the young readers won’t mind, especially in a world where adults are very often the enemy. Spaceboy is the hilarious new David Walliams book set during the 1960's space race - due for release in September 2022. Schock has built 25 rockets that have all crashed, but Ruth immediately realises that his brand-new rocket needs a pointy –not round– head.

This is a blend of lots of slapstick comedy, a sprinkle of history and lots of action and it is sure to have young readers laughing their heads off. As soon as Ruth rescues Spaceboy from the flaming flying saucer, helicopters piloted by faceless figures fly above the farm, trying to catch the alien. At times I felt like I was reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, but Walliams definitely has his own signature on his work and Dahl, while clearly a strong influence, is not channelled. After reluctantly taking in her orphaned relative Ruth, Aunt Dorothy put her straight to work on the farm. She sees the UFO crash then burst into flames and tiptoes up to try and help whoever might be inside.

One night, as she is observing the stars, a flying saucer falls from the sky and crashes in Aunt Dorothy's wheat field. The description of the president of the United States is particularly entertaining, anachronistic as it may be. A thrill a minute book, Spaceboy is filled with chases – each one of which is different and shows the stretch of Walliam’s imagination.

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