Q Pootle 5 fans will love this gentle tale of interplanetary racing. Fans of Q Pootle 5 will race to get their hands on this lavishly illustrated picture book. The Great Space Race is a big event for the residents of planet Okidoki. Oopsy wants to win, but she forgets to fix her booster. When inevitable disaster strikes, Pootle stops to help. But has Oopsy sunk the chances of victory for both of them?
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Nick Butterworth (born 1946) is a British children's author and illustrator who has sold more than 17 million books. His many children's books include Walker Books' My Dad Is Brilliant and related books, a series of books about Percy the Park Keeper, The Whisperer (winner of the Nestle Prize) and two books about Q Pootle 5. Nick has two grown-up children, and lives with his wife in Suffolk. He is a founding partner, with his son Ben, of Snapper Productions, which produces the CBeebies animated series 'Q Pootle 5'. Nick is an executive producer, a writer, and the production designer on 'Q Pootle 5'.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-A sweet-faced alien that looks a bit like Ziggy is forced to make a side trip to Earth on his way to a moon party. After crash-landing over four pages with a "SSSSCCCRRREEEEEE-! KARUMMP!" he discovers that something is wrong: one of his rocket boosters won't boost! The first few earthlings he meets are not much help; the frog doesn't even know what a rocket booster is, and the birds don't use them. Q Pootle 5 is getting quite desperate when up walks another earthling, Henry the cat, with a rocket booster (a tin can) in hand. After some tinkering, it is affixed and the protagonist blasts off into space. The story ends with a four-page foldout illustration of the alien friends at the moon party. Kids will get a kick out of the silly animals being considered "earthlings" by the naive space traveler, and having a can of cat food save the day is very silly indeed. Butterworth's watercolor illustrations are a perfect match for this slight story about creatures being nice and helpful to one another. While there is nothing spectacular here, parents will enjoy sharing this story with their children, and it is simple, short, and down-to-earth enough for beginning readers and to use in a space or extraterrestrial story program.
Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA
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