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Cakes in Space
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PHILIP REEVE is the acclaimed author of the Mortal Engines/Predator Cities series, the Fever Crumb series, and Here Lies Arthur (Carnegie Medal winner). He was born and raised in the seaside town of Brighton and has been writing down adventures since he was five years old.
SARAH McINTYRE has written and illustrated several picture books and comics for children. Her delightfully over-the-top drawings and mischievous monkey illustrations brought Philip and Sarah together for this series.
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
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Book Description 2014. Hardcover. Condition: New. Hardcover. Astra's family are all snoring in their sleeping pods aboard their spaceship, but Astra is WIDE AWAKE. With her robot friend, Pilbeam, she goes off exploring and soon finds out the ship is.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 224 pages. 0.408. Seller Inventory # 9780192734563
Book Description Oxford University Press. HC. Condition: New. Astra and her family are travelling through space to a new home on the planet Nova Mundi. When everyone (except Astra) is asleep, their spaceship is attacked by cakes killer cupcakes, marauding muffins and frightening fairy cakes. Astra and her robot friend, Pilbeam have to stop them before they destroy her ship. A gloriously wacky story for ages 7-12, from OUP. Seller Inventory # Nov17-61 CH013B
Book Description 2014. Hardcover. Condition: New. Hardcover. Astra's family are all snoring in their sleeping pods aboard their spaceship, but Astra is WIDE AWAKE. With her robot friend, Pilbeam, she goes off exploring and soon finds ou.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 224 pages. 0.408. Seller Inventory # 9780192734563