Monday, 17 November 2014
Review: Cakes in Space by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
Format: Hardcover / eBook
Released: September 4th, 2014
Astra's family are all snoring in their sleeping pods aboard their spaceship, but Astra is WIDE AWAKE. With her robot friend, Pilbeam, she goes off exploring and soon finds out the ship is in deep trouble. It's been knocked off course and invaded by a gang of Poglites, an alien salvage crew searching for spoonage (they just LOVE collecting spoons)! But even the Poglites need Astra's help when they discover something far more sinister lurking in the canteen. Sure, they're cakes; but no one would describe them as sweet.
People of all ages should read Cakes in Space. It's so fun and wacky, with excellent illustrations and a story that is really quite clever. It's different to any children's book I've read, anyway. I mean, who's ever heard of evil cakes?! I hadn't, until now!
As I've now come to expect, Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve make a formidable pairing and work so well together. Sarah's illustrations are distinguished and easily stand out, making this book a visual treat. Philip Reeve always spins a good yarn, and this one is my new favourite - there's aliens, cakes, robots, brave little girls and more imagination than I could ever hope to possess. Brilliant!
I'm quite fond of the little alien Poglites that invade Astra's ship in search of spoons. I wouldn't mind having one for myself, as long as it was well behaved and left all our cutlery well alone. I also like Astra's robot friend Pilbeam, and of course Astra herself. She's the only one who can save her ship and her family as they travel to Nova Mundi, and she does a jolly good job of doing so!
Cakes in Space is the most fun book I've read recently, completely mad and zany. It all works, though, and any younger readers will love the adventure that awaits them. I hope Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve work together on many more children's books, and I hope they carry on for years to come. Maybe for as long as it takes to get to Nova Mundi!