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QPootle5 Hardcover – June 12, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

In this mild story, flying-saucer pilot Q Pootle 5 "is on his way to a moon party for his friend Z Pootle 6, but something has gone wrong." Nuts and bolts, along with a bottle cap, horseshoe and button, pop off his spaceship and scatter about the vacant white pages. The pea-soup-green alien (he looks like Ziggy, with antennae) makes an emergency landing on an utterly empty patch of ground. He gravely inspects his "rocket boosters," which look suspiciously like soup cans. Curious earthlings, a group of benign animal characters, cannot offer much help: "We're birds," one feathery creature explains. Finally, Q Pootle 5 uses a cat-food tin to repair his craft. A two-stage gatefold pictures him blasting off, then attending the party with his interplanetary friends, who fashion their own ships out of faucets, toilet plungers and spray cans. Butterworth (Percy the Park Keeper series; Jingle Bells) does some sly placement of household gadgets with his watercolor images. However, besides the attention-grabbing title, not much propels this good-natured but listless space caper. Ages 3-7. (July)
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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
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; 1st U.S. ed edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689842430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689842436
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 9.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Timothy Takemoto on May 11, 2015
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I think it is mythic. It has a similar structure to The Gruffalo, and perhaps to the Christian Trinity. There is a massive God-like creature, Planet Dave there is a guy, Q Pootle, and there is his ever faithful helper, Oopsy, who is more daring than him. Q Pootle is always in radio contact with Oopsy, to whom he narrates his life.
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My 5year old loves this book since he was 3.5! The fold out at the end of the story gives the opportunity for him to finish the story, adding his own creativity. He finds the story funny with one of the rocket boosters being a tin can from cat food. It's one of our favorite books.
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This is a fantastic book. Our four-year-old loves it so much she's memorized it and reads it back to us. She thinks that the "Colin the cat's dinner" part is so funny that it makes her snort!

Highly recommended as is Nick Butterworth's "Percy the Park keeper" series.
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I first borrowed this book from a library. My 3 yrs old boy loves it so much! So I gotta buy it for him. To be honest, I lost numbers of time I've read this book to him.
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We were bought this book by a friend with two sons who lives in the UK. My son loves this story, it is sweet, funny and the illustrations are great.
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