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|Cakes in space|
Author: Reeve, Philip
When ten-year-old Astra and her family move to a new planet, she must save the spaceship and its crew from man-eating cakes, aliens, and more.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 5.30
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 174327
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.40
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 72474
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/15)
School Library Journal (02/01/15)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (09/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2015 Gr 2–5—Ten-year-old Astra and her family are moving to a whole new planet, aptly named Nova Mundi. Since it takes 199 years to get there, the space travelers will be frozen in sleeping pods. Astra's skeptical—and hungry! She decides that she needs a snack before going into hibernation, so she asks the ship's super computer robot, Nom-O-Tron, to make her the "ultimate cake…so delicious it's scary." The robot goes to work, but the girl's parents put her into her sleeping pod before any cake is produced. When Astra wakes up early, she discovers that Nom-O-Tron has made decidedly scary cupcakes that seem to be eating anything they can find. Can Astra and her robot sidekick Pilbeam save the ship? Add some otherworldly pirates and a slithery, creepy alien called the Nameless Horror, and you have a wacky and fast-moving, if somewhat outlandish, adventure. While the full-color cartoon illustrations can seem like something from The Jetsons, that won't matter to budding readers ready to step up to chapter books. Underlying lessons about not judging by appearances and being careful what you ask for contribute to a happy ending with some sci-fi fun along the way. VERDICT An out-of-this-world choice to read alone or read aloud.—Katherine Koenig, The Ellis School, PA - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2015 Reeve and McIntyre have another “not-so-impossible tale” hot on the heels of Oliver and the Seawigs (2014). This tells the story of 10-year-old Astra, who is moving with her family to Nova Mundi, a world so far away that it will take 199 years to reach. Don’t worry, the ship has special sleeping pods to keep everyone from aging. In need of a prestasis snack, Astra asks the Nom-o-Tron 9000 Food Synthesizer for “the most amazing, super-fantastic cake ever! . . . the ultimate cake!” Much to her surprise, the Nom-o-Tron begins producing highly evolved, aggressive cakes that take over the ship. With the help of a robot named Pilbeam, Astra attempts to regain control of the ship, defeat the cakes, and hold off the marauding Poglites, who want to scavenge the ship for spoons. Silly? Sure. Well written and illustrated to great comedic effect? Absolutely. Words and graphics work in tandem to spin a goofy yarn that will appeal to reluctant and strong chapter-book readers alike. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
Bulletin for the Center... - 09/01/2015 Astra can’t even think about tucking herself into her sleeping pod on a spaceship for 199 years without a decent snack to tide her over. After she gives the food machine the daunting task of making the ultimate cake, however, she’s sent to bed before she can enjoy the result. When Astra awakes (early, so no one else is up), frenzied work robots are trying to ward off sentient monster cakes (the food machine has continued to evolve the definition of “ultimate”); additionally, a group of alien scavengers assumed the pods contained dead people and have arrived to steal whatever spoon-like objects they can find. This British import is goofy fun from the first page, and Astra, a perfect mix of ingenious, precocious, and excitable, will grab readers right away. Frequent full-page and spot illustrations show off the imaginative aliens, robots, and cakes, reinforcing the campy 1960s sci-fi vibe with the orange hues and big, clunky machinery. Readers will undoubtedly finish the book feeling like they’ve had a ridiculous, satisfying adventure and wishing they could have just one try at the Nom-O-Tron to create their own perfect snack. AS - Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.