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

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Not just because it's a different illustrator but he has changed how he illustrates, with some of the illustrations drawn in the style of a comic.

Some cultural stereotypes crop up as well which I believe Walliams has also been pulled up on in his World's Worst Children/Teachers books.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. A mysterious figure in a shiny silver spacesuit, boots, gloves, cape and mirrored helmet, Spaceboy speaks in a spooky voice, his face completely hidden behind his helmet.

As always, this new novel is chocka blocka with funny illustrations sharing the action and antics throughout the novel. As much as they try to escape (riding ostriches, rolling in giant transparent balls, running in the desert, or sliding in craters), Ruth, Spaceboy, and Yuri end up in a top-secret US military base, caught by the faceless figures who happen to be soldiers in special costumes. I had to look up other books by David Wallace, and next on our bookshelves is GANGSTA GRANNY and CODE NAME BANANAS.It's always the same with the whole flying saucer crashing in a cornfield- But I don't get why the whole twist was added: to me, it just ruined the whole story. It's the 1960's and space is a hot topic as the USA tries to copy their Russian rivals in the space race. I loved the writing, the story, the characters, and the illustrations and that is why I can easily see this book becoming a fast favourite with young readers.

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