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I bought this book not exactly because I expected my daughter to read it; she's almost twelve and tends to do the opposite of anything I want her to do. I bought it with no small feeling of gratitude to Nathan Bransford for the many years he's devoted to his blog and because, as an author with a book here on Amazon, I know what it's like to live and die by our numbers.
So here's the icing on the cake: my daughter loves the book and can't put it down. My daughter, who is not the most devoted reader I've ever seen, is quite devoted to this happy book about Jacob Wonderbar and his space adventure. So thanks to the author for writing his blog, for helping so many other writers over time, and for this book.
Linda Pressman, author of Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie
The plot is zany and displays a witty sense of humor that goes beyond kid-humor. It's up to date in its cleverness and pays attention to how kids think and talk nowadays. I'm a scout leader for boys of about this age group, and I can tell this story is perfect for them.
The part that really surprised me was the successful injection of serious themes and meaningful character development within a short, silly middle-grade book. It's no Les Miserables, but you actually come to care about two of the main characters by the end, and empathize with them in a way I didn't think was possible in a story about corndogs and talking spaceships. Well done, Mr. Bransford!
There are three main characters, and they all have their own stories and character development. Although light-hearted, there are some important themes underweaving the narrative - how to become brave; how to deal with your anger; how to deal with sadness at feeling rejected and missing someone. I really liked that there was a strong female character here, but there was also a male character who was stuggling with not being assertive - a nice balance to the more assertive, confident main character. Then all the storylines come together, helping the reader feel the importance of friendship. That was heartwarming for me.
I was impressed and I recommend this as a good book for kids who want a fun adventure book. As an adult who enjoys kid's literature, I'm looking forward to the sequel. I'm also looking forward to more of this author's work!
This book has a fantastic sense of fun -- great pacing, vivid characters and a plot that draws you in and keeps you reading. The product description is a great pitch for the book, so I won't repeat it here. Instead I'll say that as an adult I had a ball reading this book, and I'm sharing it with the kids in my life as well. If you have a reluctant reader on your hands I think this would be the perfect holiday gift (and a lot of fun to read together). My only complaint is that I don't want to wait for book two!