A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

English / Great Britain

Cakes in space

Reeve, Philip (text)
McIntyre, Sarah (illus.)
Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2014. – 211 p.
ISBN 978-0-19-273456-3

Spaceship – Alien – Danger – Robot

After a very successful foray into the deep sea in their first collaboration on “Oliver and the Seawigs”, popular author-illustrator-team Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre are now taking off into space. This delightful spaceship adventure has all the ingredients required for a fun-filled reading experience: A distant planet soon to be colonised, a mysterious journey that will last 199 years, a clever young heroine who wakes up from her special sleeping pod feeling hungry, an army of increasingly dangerous killer cakes, greedy, spoon-collecting aliens, and the Nameless Horror, who turns out to be the friendliest of all horrors ever seen. The amusing comic-book-style illustrations in black, orange and brown and the fast-paced, dialogue-driven text form a seamless narrative, which will have young and older readers alike erupt in giggles and squeaks. Live performances with the dynamic duo are said to be a hit with their enthusiastic audiences. (Age: 6+)