Algy's Amazing Adventures In Space is written by Kaye Umansky and illustrated by Richard Watson, and is one of the latest releases from Orion Children's Books. It's an Early Reader in the Red Band, suitable for children who are beginning to try and work out trickier words.
This isn't our first book about Algy and his friends Cherry and Brad, we read Algy's Amazing Adventures at Sea last month, and when my 4 and 5 year old boys saw this book they were really excited. Algy has very good adventures.
|This child chose his own bedding. He's colour-blind, he likes patterns!|
Algy is a regular boy living an ordinary life and the book starts with his Mum trying to get him to clean his room. It's only when he goes down to his shed and moved the loose plank at the back that it all changes....
Behind the loose plank lies another world, and but what world they will find is always a surprise for Algy, Cherry and Brad. This is very 'Mr Ben with a shed'. It has a familiar, nostalgic feel. The illustrations are friendly and modern and in fact I like them more than the previous book, they're more settled and natural.
This time they find space behind the loose plank - a distant strange world and they float out to explore. We were unsure where their helmets came from - and if they'd explode with the pressure because they were wearing regular clothes. There's lots to talk about and much discussion to be had around this book.
This is a proper book with 74 pages split into 6 chapters. The chapters are fairly short and just the right size for a new reader to read before they begin to flag. It has challenging words and my Reception Class 5 year old would be too frustrated to read it alone, although after a read through with me he is happy to re-read by himself.
The text is large and well-spaced out, with not too many lines on a page. It's not an intimidating book and I think makes an excellent addition to the Orion Children's Books Early Reader range. Algy is very likeable, his adventures are fun, and my boys would be more than happy to find out where he and his friends go next!
Algy's Amazing Adventures In Space has an RRP of £4.99, and is available at a bookshop near you.
We've been lucky enough to review a few Early Readers and other children's stories for Orion Books. All of my reviews can be found here on this page.
We were sent our copy of Algy's Amazing Adventures In Space for review.