Jasper the Space Dog by Hilary Robinson – Blog Tour

Thank you to Charlotte Walker, an ambassador for LoveReading4Kids and to HIlary Robinson for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Jasper Space Dog.jpg

Synopsis

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 the space mission with hilarious ideas about space. In their quest, Jasper and Charlie consult space experts to see if Jasper might make history too.Charlie Tanner and is Dog Jasper are keen to find out as much as they can about space and the first moon landing. Is the moon made of cheese? Can space aliens deliver pizzas? Did the astronauts see any flying saucers or flying dog bowls? Mixing facts about the moon landings with hilarious ideas about space, ‘Jasper: Space Dog’ is the first in a series of funny stories about a loveable hound with BIG ideas!

My Thoughts

This is such a brilliant and informative book. It all those important questions that children ask about space in one place.Through his humorous letters to Isabella at Space exploration UK, Charlie discovers all that Jasper needs to learn to be a space dog. This is a great book to share with your child and in my case, in the classroom too. It incorporates letter writing with a real purpose, dispels some simple myths about the moon and gives real facts about the first moon landing.It is written in a charming but informative way that younger children will enjoy, learn from and fully engage with and older children will have fun reading by themselves. Some of Charlie’s ideas and thoughts are great stimuli for discussions and experiments, such as looking into space food etc. and children will love exploring these ideas.The book is illustrated with cute space related doodles across the pages as well as cartoon-like drawings of the characters and the story adding the charm of this book. Such a clever way of mixing fact with fiction.HIghly recommended for sharing with younger children and for older, primary children to read alone.

Author and Illustrator Bios

About the AuthorHilary 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 IllustratorLewis 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.

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