It gives me great pleasure to welcome properly, for the first time ever, a guest reviewer to TWG! Now, some of you may already know of this person, and most of you won’t. However, I am absolutely positive that this won’t be the first time that you’ll see this person guest reviewing on my blog! So, without further ado, I am proud as punch to welcome my guest reviewer, my daughter Eva, aged 5, who will be reviewing ‘Jasper Space Dog’ by Hilary Robinson. Huge thanks to LoveReadingKids for the book buzz invite and ARC.
Jasper – Space Dog is the first in a series of hilarious stories about the ambitions of Charlie Tanner and his dog, Jasper. Released to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, the story cleverly weaves facts about space missions with hilarious ideas about space. In their quest, Jasper and Charlie consult space experts to see if Jasper might make history too. Several considerations regarding the design and layout of Jasper Space Dog have been made including the use of dyslexie font and cream paper stock to assist those who may find some aspects of reading challenging.
Guest review – what does #BabyGarnet, Eva, think?
Jasper is too funny. the part about a cow jumping over the moon and the hot dogs made me really laugh. I liked how a man got called a superhero – I like superheroes. I liked the pictures of the doggy. the things about the man walking on the moon was interesting. I didn’t want the book to end. I loved it all, mostly the parrot and the dog, Jasper. I am looking forward to reading more books about Charlie and Jasper.
A little note from TWG.
To be perfectly honest, Eva has said it all really, but I just wanted to add my own thoughts on the book. I actually read ‘Jasper Space Dog’ before Eva’s bed time, saying that we would read a couple of chapters, not the entire book. Did that happen? Did it heck! She was so engrossed (and so was I), in the story, that she ended up staying up past her bedtime just so that we could finish reading. I thought it was absolutely brilliant – such a brilliantly written, humorous book which puts such a fun spin on learning. The addition of Neil Armstrong and the information about Apollo II was very well incorporated into the story, and at times Eva asked me if I was joking about someone walking on the moon. I am so looking forward to reading more about Charlie and Jasper’s adventures – I think we have now found a firm favourite bedtime story….especially seeing as I am currently reading it for the second time in two days.
(aged 29 and 4 months) – that won’t make sense unless you have read the book ;).
About the author.
Hilary Robinson is an award-winning radio producer and author of over 50 picture books. Awards include the 2016 Historical Young Quills Award for ‘Flo of the Somme.’ Radio credits include Private Peaceful for BBC Radio 2 and her series for Barry Humphries Forgotten Musical Masterpieces was listed as one of the top 30 artistic triumphs of 2016 by the Telegraph. Extracts from her book ‘A Song For Will and the Lost Gardeners of Heligan’ were read on BBC Radio 4.
About the Illustrator
Lewis James was supported by the Prince’s Trust through the Enterprise programme. Following the successful launch of his business, he continued his involvement with the Prince’s Trust as young ambassador. Lewis is mentored through Strauss House Productions by illustrator and branding expert, Mandy Stanley.